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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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Planet Money

Spain's Bank Matchmaker On What Went Wrong

Spain's plan to combine small banks didn't go so well. The man who helped make it happen explains.

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Three Ways To Stop A Bank Run

There's a slow-motion bank run happening in Europe, as depositors move their money from financially troubled countries like Greece and Spain to stronger countries like Germany.

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