Ringing in the New Year in Spain requires eating a dozen grapes and wearing a very specific kind of undergarment. Jeff Koehler hide caption

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Residents of Mutriku, a fishing village on Spain's northern coast, lounge at their local beach, protected from fierce Atlantic waves by a cement breakwater that also houses Europe's first wave energy plant. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Spain Expands Renewables With Wave-Powered Electricity Plant

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At the Bescanó municipal theater in northeastern Spain, director Quim Marcé (center) and actresses Meritxell Yanes (left) and Elena Martinell (right) display carrots for sale. Quim Marcé hide caption

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To Get Around Tax Hike, Spanish Theater Sells Carrots, Not Tickets

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In June, people in Madrid came to a distribution center where those in need could get food. Javier Soriano /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Spaniards, Who Usually Aid Others, Being Asked To Help Their Own

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Three images: How the fresco should look (left); how it looked before the "restoration" (center); and what it looked like after Cecilia Gimenez was done. Centre de Estudios Borjanos/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi (left) and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti (right) during the summit of European leaders in Brussels. Bertrand Langlois /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Angel Borges, matchmaker. Chana Joffe-Walt/NPR hide caption

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Spain's Bank Matchmaker On What Went Wrong

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NPR's Philip Reeves, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

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Three Ways To Stop A Bank Run

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"The Spanish government states its intention to request European financing for the recapitalization of banks that need it," Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said at a press conference on Saturday. Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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