A Frankfurt stock trader who lost his job in the 2008 recession is working again in the city's financial district — running a successful business selling sausages to his former colleagues. Thomas Brausse says getting the pink slip enabled him to try out an idea he'd been thinking about for years.
Economist Mario Monti replaces the flamboyant Silvio Berlusconi as Italy's prime minister. The austere and dignified former EU commissioner and political outsider is likely to face opposition from both left and right as he tries to implement reforms and put the debt-burdened country back on track.
Music from Mexico is often associated with mariachi bands playing songs in wide-rimmed hats and colorful costumes. But Mexico's music is more diverse. Jarana Beat is a Brooklyn-based band that weaves traditional Mexican rhythms with fancy footwork. Dancer Claudia Valentina and musical director Sinuhe-Padilla Isunza speak with host Michel Martin.
Anders Behring Breivik, who has confessed to the gun and bomb attacks that killed 77, many of them teenagers, also asked in court today to be allowed to speak to relatives of the victims. That request was denied.
Sharing a common currency with a group of fiscal losers has its benefits. The German economy gained strength over the past two years in large part because the European debt crisis weakened the euro. That made German exports more attractive to customers around the world.
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