‘‘In a lot of countries now, they take to the streets to demand what they want,’’ said Sofia Koller, a 22-year-old German student. ‘‘They have every right to make people listen.’’
On Thursday, though, that posed a problem for EU Industry Commissioner Antonio Tajani, a non-striker who found himself without translators when he had to explain the car industry to journalists.
‘‘No Italian today. I apologize,’’ he said.
Raphael Satter in London contributed to this report.