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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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An Austerity Wedding, With No Money For A Dress

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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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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