Spot the metaphor.
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June 29, 2012 If the euro is to survive, the eurozone needs to be more like one country, and less like a bunch of different countries that happen to sit on the same continent.
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.
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June 29, 2012 At a summit in Brussels, leaders agreed to steps that were more bold than expected. A key part of the plan: Loans from a bailout fund will go directly to troubled banks in Spain. So the Spanish government won't pile up more debt.
June 26, 2012 Euro notes contain clues that suggest the common currency may not end well.
Katerina Margaritou, in her wedding dress.
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June 19, 2012 Does Greece have any alternatives to austerity?
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The Spanish flag blowing in the wind in Madrid earlier this month.
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June 19, 2012 Investors are demanding sharply higher rates. That's adding to the pressure on world leaders to do more to get Europe's financial crisis under control.
June 18, 2012 Every time, there's the possibility of disaster if things don't go well. If things do go well, it means only that the disaster is postponed.
Frankfurt: A German flag hung today in front of a board displaying the DAX stock index.
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June 18, 2012 Financial markets heaved sighs of relief about Sunday's vote in Greece and then got back to worrying about Europe's financial crisis.
Elias Tilligadas and Katerina Margeritou are getting married next week.
June 15, 2012 Katerina Margaritou is getting married in Athens next week — three days after the Greek election that has the world on edge.
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June 15, 2012 Greeks head to the polls on Sunday for elections that could lead to their nation dumping the euro. The ripple effects from that could be severe.
Angel Borges, matchmaker.
June 13, 2012 Spain's plan to combine small banks didn't go so well. The man who helped make it happen explains.
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June 12, 2012 "Ooh, Spain! I went to Ibiza on spring break during college."
June 11, 2012 The money Spain is borrowing will likely be the first money it has to pay back. That may make other international lenders even more wary of lending money to Spain.
This is what you don't want.
June 11, 2012 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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A bunch of troubled little Spanish banks got together and became Bankia, a troubled big Spanish bank.
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June 10, 2012 Spain's boring, safe, small banks went wild. Now the bill has come due.
The Banco de Espana (Bank of Spain) in Madrid.
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June 8, 2012 One day after seeing its sovereign debt downgraded to just above junk status, Spain is dealing with reports that it's about to ask the other eurozone nations to help rescue its beleaguered banks.
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