Compared with some of its European neighbors, Britain's economy has remained fairly stable, though it officially entered a recession in the first quarter of 2012. Factories and manufacturing have been particularly hard hit, and the government has responded by implementing austerity measures, including cutting funding for roads, pensioners, and charities.
Although Britain's unemployment rates have been better than forecasted, concerned citizens have still taken to the streets. Above, an anti-capitalist protester from the "Occupy" movement holds a banner in front of police officers during a demonstration on May 1 in London. Students, trade unionists, pensioners, and activists movement marched through the center of London before congregating and staging a demonstration in Trafalgar Square to mark May Day.
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