A taxing situation in Europe

As retail gasoline prices rose this past summer, European consumers united in protests to air their frustrations over fuel taxes. Although their tactics were questionable, their goal was admirable.Farmers, truckers, taxi drivers, and commercial fishermen, who saw transportation costs eat into their profits, blocked refineries and oil terminals in the UK, France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany. The adrenaline eventually reached consumers in Poland and Ireland.Such scenes against fuel prices are unusual in Europe, a continent infamous for its high taxes and high fuel prices. They were reminiscent of the 3-mile US truck convoy that protested in Washington, DC, in February, comp...

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