Thousands of protesters took part in a march against the government's proposed changes to public sector pensions in London today (Nov. 30, 2011). Oli Scarff/Getty Images hide caption

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Philip Reeves, in London, talks with Steve Inskeep

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Italy's premier-designate, Mario Monti, on Sunday in Rome. Pier Paolo Cito/AP hide caption

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Sylvia Poggioli reporting on 'Morning Edition'

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Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou heads to a cabinet meeting in Athens earlier today (Nov. 3, 2011). Louisa Gouliamaki /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to French President Nicolas Sarkozy on the eve of the G-20 summit in Cannes, France, earlier today. Lionel Bonaventure /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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