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Unemployment and debt crises have taken entire nations to the brink of economic collapse in 2011, with markets also witnessing extreme ups and downs.

However, the numbers only tell one part of the story. Particularly across Europe, austerity measures made life increasingly difficult for millions of citizens, bringing people onto the streets and toppling governments.

Al Jazeera's Bhanu Bhatnagar reports.

Source: Al Jazeera