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A woman passes by a real estate agency in Budapest, Hungary, in January. As the Hungarian currency plunges to new lows, ordinary citizens are struggling to repay foreign-denominated loans. Laszlo Balogh/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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For Hungarian Borrowers, A Mortgage Nightmare

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People gather to protest against Hungary's new constitution outside the Opera House in Budapest on Jan. 2. Critics say the document curbs democracy. Ferenenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The interior of the renowned Marienkirche church, where Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio is traditionally performed. General Photographic Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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A Church, An Oratorio And An Enduring Tradition

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A French man holds a flare during a protest against the government's austerity measures on Tuesday in Lille, northern France. European governments are proposing austerity measures, but critics say there should also be a plan for economic growth. Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Europe Gets Austerity, But With Few Signs Of Growth

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe's economic turmoil is the continent's greatest crisis since World War II. But critics say she has been doing too little and lacks a bold vision for solving Europe's problems. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Eurozone's Rescue Plan Needs A Quick Fix

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Germany has been rocked by allegations that a small, underground neo-Nazi group calling itself the Nationalist Socialist Underground carried out a 13-year-long crime spree that included murder, robbery and bombing. Here, a screen shot from a promotional DVD reportedly made by neo-Nazis Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Boenhardt. The two men committed suicide earlier this month. Getty Images hide caption

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Thomas Brausse traded his job selling stocks for one selling sausages. He opened the Frankfurter Wurschtboerse, or Frankfurt Sausage Exchange, after he lost his job in Germany's financial capital in 2008. Thomas Lohnes/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Is There Time To Solve The Eurozone Debt Crisis?

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