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Europe's Dilemma: More Integration Or Less?

The creators of the eurozone stopped halfway: The participating countries would use a common currency, but they wouldn't have common tax and spending policies. In other words, it was a monetary union but not a fiscal one. The debt crisis has now shown governments it's hard to have it both ways.
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New Site Tracks U.S. Aid Money

The United States gives more money in foreign aid than any other country in the world. A recently launched web database allows people to see where those dollars are being spent.

Greek Prime Minister Makes Emergency Return Trip

Greece's Prime Minister George Papandreou cut short his planned visit to the U.S. as concerns by European Union finance ministers deepened over his country's economic stability. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports.

Obama's Deficit Plans Make Room For Jobs

On Monday, President Obama will lay out his new plan for reducing the federal deficit. His proposal will also include specific recommendations to the bipartisan deficit Super Committee on how to offset the cost of his $447 billion jobs plan. Host Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Mara Liasson.

Economist: U.S. Skating On Thin Ice

Lakshman Achuthan of the Economic Cycle Research Institute says all of his economic indicators point to more sputtering ahead. "The risk of a new recession is quite high," he says.

Europeans Split Over Debt Crisis

After another week of financial turmoil in Europe, there was little hope that the Eurozone debt crisis is any closer to being resolved. NPR's Eric Westervelt in Berlin and Sylvia Poggioli in Athens join host Scott Simon to discuss how northern and southern Europeans differ in their attitudes to the debt crisis in Europe.

Shrinking Budgets Put School Support On The Block

Across the country, a group of education administrators, known as regional superintendents, are seeing their budgets shrink. These administrators are involved in providing services like teacher certification and other support for school districts. In Illinois, the state's 44 regional superintendents have been working without pay since the governor zeroed out their funding in July. Maria Altman of St. Louis Public Radio reports that the issue of whether or not these officials are needed at all is coming to a head.

Why Some Men Earn Less Than They Did 40 Years Ago

Back then, the median male American worker earned just over $49,000 when adjusted for inflation, while in 2010 that worker made about $1,500 less. Back then, blue-collar workers had two things going for them that they no longer have.