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Euro Countries Vote To Save Greece From Default

After months of wrangling and marathon talks in Brussels, European Union finance ministers approved a second bailout for Greece worth more than $170 billion to help save the country from bankruptcy. It's the second massive aid package for Athens in two years during a debt crisis that has pushed the euro currency union to the breaking point.
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Bailout Talks Reopen Wounds In One Greek Village

The protracted negotiations have brought up dark memories, especially between Greece and Germany. In the central town of Distomo, site of a Nazi massacre in 1944, the past is still painfully vivid but there's hope for a European future.
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Spain's Jobless Benefits Bogged Down by Fraud

Spain officially has Europe's highest jobless rate. That's based on the number of people who register for unemployment benefits, which are some of the most generous on the continent. But many Spaniards still collect a paycheck while they're on the dole.
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Eurozone Ministers Close To Greek Bailout Deal

Host Audie Cornish talks with Eric Westervelt about the decision on whether to grant Greece another bailout, this time worth $171 billion.
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With Business Up, Owners Say Banks Lending Again

A big reason for the slow recovery has been that the nation's battered banks haven't been able or willing to lend. There are signs that's changing and that bank lending is helping to support stronger growth.
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Portugal Plays By The Rules, But Economy Slumps

The eurozone crisis has focused attention on debt-burdened Greece. Meanwhile, Portugal is seen as the international creditors' poster-child for obediently slashing spending and welfare benefits. But Portugal's national debt continues to grow, and it's mired in recession and unemployment.

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