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Greek Bailout Draws Ire From Germany

The dominant role of Germany in the Greek bailout has triggered special venom in Greece. Melissa Block talks to Nikos Konstandaras, managing editor of the leading Greek daily Kathimerini, about the tensions between the Greeks and the Germans.

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Middle Class Greeks Losing Hope Amid Austerity

A number of Greeks are struggling to get by as the country's economy falters, including a group of middle class families in one Athens apartment building. They save they've lost hope they'll ever have a decent life again.
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Sarkozy Rival Says He'd Be Tougher With Bailouts

France is part of the dual engine driving Europe out of its crisis. And the French are about to change their conductor, as French President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to lose his re-election bid this spring. What does it mean for Europe? Francois Hollande, Sarkozy's rival, says he would change the French role in the European crisis management.
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Congress Passes Payroll Tax Extension

The Republican-controlled House voted 293-132, followed quickly by a simple majority vote in the Senate. President Obama is expected to sign the bill.
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Week Of Sweet, Sour Economy For Ordinary Americans

The labor market is improving, but Friday's consumer price index news shows that workers' paychecks are not keeping up with limited inflation. Hundreds of people visited NPR's Facebook page to comment on whether things are really getting better. Host Michel Martin and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax sift through the stats and comments.
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Does The Strengthening Economy Still Need Congress?

Lawmakers approved legislation to continue a payroll tax holiday and extend benefits for the long-term unemployed. The goal is to make sure enough people have enough spending money to keep the still-fragile economy growing. But some analysts say the economy doesn't need more help.
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Long-Term Jobless Benefits Expected To Be Extended

Rolled into the payroll tax cut bill is an extension of unemployment insurance benefits — but with some reductions in the number of weeks allowed. Under the deal, jobless workers in most states would claim 63 weeks of benefits — unless they live in states with high unemployment.

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