Communist party lawmaker Liana Kanelli enters her car after protesters threw yogurt on her face as she tried to reach the Greek parliament during a 48-hour general strike in Athens in 2011. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Andreas Georgiou (left) is the technocrat charged with running the Greek statistics office. Konstantinos Skordas (right) sits on a governing board for the statistics office Chana Joffe-Walt/NPR hide caption

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Planet Money

How Office Politics Could Take Down Europe

Or: Why a mild-mannered technocrat faces life in prison.

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The Two-Way

After 'Frenetic' Weekend, Italy Rushes To Limit Financial Damage

In Italy, and in Greece, new leaders are trying to show they can tackle the nations' debt problems.

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Greek deputies debate during a confidence vote at the Greek Parliament in Athens. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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