Italian pensioners are not alone in their woes. On Saturday, Spain’s over-65 population took to the streets to demand a pension raise to keep up with inflation. They protested against the planned 0.25 percent raise for 2017, which many claim just isn’t enough.
This is the last in a series of protests in Spain: the first one took place on Feb. 14, followed by another big demonstration across 40 cities on Feb. 22.
One of the demonstrators argued the cost of living has risen. “This pension is not enough,” he said. “I used to pay €150 for electricity bills, and I pay €200 now. It’s not enough to get to the end of the month.”