Public opposition to austerity budgets deepened in Greece on Monday, with judges stopping work, doctors going on strike and public transport staff and schoolteachers planning action for later this week. The moves are a prelude to a general strike called by the country's main labor unions for Sept. 26.
The protests are gaining steam even as Europe's fears of a Greek exit from the euro zone seem to be subsiding. On Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said she wanted Greece to stay in the euro union, reiterating what appears now to be her steadfast position after months of hesitating on the issue. "I think that everyone who is politically sensible will want that, too," she said during a news conference in Berlin.