The inflation rate in the Euro zone rose to a higher-than-expected 1.5% in August, according to Eurostat, the European Union's statistics office. The preliminary estimate for the month was up from July's rate of 1.3%.
European Union governments and institutions must take immediate action to promote growth and jobs creation as countries are tired of austerity, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said this week.
The Euro-zone could lose 4.5 million more jobs in the next four years unless the region shifts away from austerity, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has warned. That rise would take unemployment in the 17-nation bloc to 22 million.