Following the rise in oil prices and declining purchasing power, the Portuguese are "demotorising". Never in ten years has so little fuel for cars been bought or have so few people used public transport.
Under investigation for corruption in the Balearic islands, businessman and former handball player Inaki Urdangarín – the son in law of King Juan Carlos of Spain – admitted after 14 hours of questioning that he has received payment from an account in Switzerland and has not given up his business activities, contrary to what the king had ordered in 2006.
According to Eurostat, Italian employees were paid on average €23,406 gross per year in 2009, more than half of the average German annual wage (€41,100) and less than the Greeks (€29,160 euros). According to the government, the problem lies with the Italian tax system.