October 30th, 2011
04:16 PM GMT
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As world leaders prepare to gather in Cannes this week for the annual G20 summit, a generation of young people are being left out in the cold, forced to fend for themselves in the wake of the economic crisis.

Youth unemployment rates are at a record high: In Spain, it is at a staggering 44%. In Italy it's 28% while France does slightly better at 21%.

Even in Germany - the economic powerhouse of the Eurozone - youth unemployment is at 8%.

But has anyone really taken the time to hear how this generation of young people are doing?

Not really. At least I don't think so. That's why CNN's Diana Magnay and I will be embarking on a road trip around Europe to hear from young people and find out what their frustrations and fears really are.

On Monday, I'll be heading to Berlin to join Diana on the first leg of our epic journey, which will take us through Germany, Italy, France and Spain.

One of the things that makes this road trip so different is that we'll be organizing mini 'town hall meetings' in each city via social media.

We'll be reaching out via iReport, Twitter and Facebook to try and connect with some of you and share your stories on CNN.

At each stop on our journey we hope to have at least a few of you gathered with us to discuss how you feel about your European leaders, the economic crisis and the future - yours, and that of the continent as a whole.

We'll be sharing your views each and every day next week on CNN International on shows like Connect the World, Quest Means Business and World Business Today.

The key though is YOU!

We need you to reach out to us, and to make that trip into town to meet us. We promise there will be some coffee and snacks for you too!

Here's our schedule, if we can manage the mammoth drive.

Tuesday November 1: Munich, Germany

Wednesday November 2: Milan, Italy

Thursday November 3: Marseille, France

Friday November 4: Barcelona, Spain.

If you live in any of these cities and want to come and meet up with us, please send me an e-mail at Phil.Han@cnn.com or reach out to me via Twitter @PhilHanCNN.



June 10th, 2010
12:44 PM GMT
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In the latest blow to the summer travel season in Greece, tourism workers have announced that they will hold a 24 hour strike to protest against recent government imposed austerity measures.

Are you affected by tourism strike?
Are you affected by tourism strike?

The strike, which will be held on June 30, will see roughly 100,000 restaurant, hotel and bar employees walk off the job to protest cuts in government pension funds and other belt-tightening measures.

The Panhellenic Federation of Catering and Tourist Industry Officials, which is the union representing tourism workers, say the strike is designed to highlight the challenges facing the industry.

“We want to inform the Greek people, the domestic and the foreign tourists, of the big problems in the industry that is forcing us to proceed with labor actions,” president of the union, Leonidas Karathanasis, said.

“We understand the difficult situation, but we are not doing this to create problems. However, we have reached a state where we can’t go any further.”

The union also announced a four-hour work stoppage strike on June 16.

The strikes are being seen as another harsh blow to the already weak tourism economy, which accounts for 15 percent of the gross domestic product.

Tourism officials estimate that about 30,000 nights in Athens’ hotels were cancelled because of violent riots on May 5 which killed three people.

Industry insiders also expect a drop of 15 percent in revenue at the country’s hotels.

We want to know what you think.

Have you changed your travel plans because of the delicate economic situation in the country? Has the low Euro and cheap prices lured you to the Greek islands this summer? Are you going to be in Greece on either June 16 or June 30?

Please leave your comments below.



April 26th, 2010
02:29 PM GMT
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The economic downturn has hurt many sectors of business around the world, but the restaurant industry may have been one of the hardest hit.

Alain Ducasse is seen at his Tokyo restaurant.
Alain Ducasse is seen at his Tokyo restaurant.

Restaurants around the world have been suffering because of the recession and in January of this year a record 100 restaurants went out of business in the UK alone, according to the “Independent” newspaper.

Many of the world’s top chefs, including Gordon Ramsay, have had to close restaurants with Ramsay closing two of his London locations. Ramsay is also reported to have a overdraft of almost $15 million.

World famous French chef, Alain Ducasse has also had to put plans for a global expansion on hold because of the downturn.

In September 2009, celebrity chef Tom Aitkens put his flagship restaurant in London’s west end into administration. He re-opened the restaurant soon after, enabling him to clear more than $5 million in debt.

But it’s not just the upscale restaurateurs that are feeling the pinch of the global financial crisis.

Many mid-range and inexpensive eateries are being affected, with many of them closing over the past 18 months.

We want to know what you think.

How has the economic downturn affected your eating habits? Are you eating out less? Are restaurants with $200 a head averages just too much?



February 18th, 2010
01:21 PM GMT
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Pilots at Lufthansa, one of of the world's largest airlines, went on strike Monday, grounding hundreds of flights per day.

Thousands could be affected by a four-day strike.
Thousands could be affected by a four-day strike.

The four-day walkout by Vereinigung Cockpit, the pilots' union, came after a last-ditch effort at negotiations over pay and job security failed, the company said.

iReport: Are you worried?

The strike threatened to disrupt travel on more than two dozen partner airlines, including United, U.S Airways and Continental, later on Monday. About 800 of 1,800 scheduled flights per day through Thursday have been canceled, the company said.

Cockpit said strike action had been supported by about 94 per cent of those who had taken part in a ballot.

Are you scheduled to fly next week with Lufthansa?

Are you worried your plans might be put on hold? Would you be angry if a strike happened?

We want to hear your stories of how a strike might affect you - please leave your comment below.

Lufthansa has also been responding to some of your questions and complaints directly via this blog, so there's a strong possibility that what you submit will get a response.



February 17th, 2010
02:24 PM GMT
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Toyota President Akio Toyoda said he has no plans to appear before a U.S. Congressional committee next week, despite pleas for him to show.

Are we being too tough on Toyota?

His comments came during a news conference where Toyoda addressed reporters for the third time in two weeks about the massive global recall.

Toyota has recalled more than 8.1 million vehicles worldwide for problems related to sudden acceleration and unresponsive brake pedals, among other things.

The company has apologized for the safety lapses and pledged to repair the recalled vehicles quickly.

Still, U.S. lawmakers and consumer groups are furious with the automaker and have already launched dozens of class action lawsuits against the company.

We want to know what you think.

Are we being too tough on Toyota? Do you think there's a sense that consumers are ganging up on the automaker?



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