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The Two-Way

Deal Reached On Greek Debt, Markets Rise In Relief

Leaders agreed on a plan to release some loan payments that Greece desperately needs, and to take steps that should help reduce that nation's debt.

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Planet Money

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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Planet Money

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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