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WBR: Anti-austerity spreads across Europe 03 Feb 15

February 3rd, 2015

Episode 195 of 860 episodes

As the anti-austerity movement spreads across Europe, Spain's left-wing Podemos party hopes to repeat Syriza's success in Greece. But could there be a backlash against countries trying to renegotiate their debts? We hear from Pablo Bustinduy from Podemos and get analysis from our regular economic commentator Roger Bootle. Oil giant BP says it's scaling back exploration plans as a result of reduced oil prices. David Battersby from Redmayne Bentley offers his assessment of BP's latest set of financial results. We hear about the plight of Ivory Coast's million or so stateless people who can't get a job or open a bank account, with a report from the BBC's Tamasin Ford in the country. And, taking a bite out of a bar - why chocolate companies are shrinking their treats to make more of a profit.