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The Building That's In Two Countries At Once

Inside a European office building, a metal line divides Germany and the Netherlands — and reveals the limits of the European dream.

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The European Central Bank's Guide To Influence

As heavily indebted European countries have seen their options dwindle, the ECB has flexed its muscle — and not always subtly.

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