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Mexican Bribery Allegations Put Wal-Mart On Defense

Wal-Mart stocks dropped sharply today following a New York Times report about a widespread, systematic bribery campaign in Mexico. The company's subsidiary there is reported to have paid more than $24 million in bribes, allowing the retailer to expand across the country at a record pace. Melissa Block speaks with Charles Fishman, author of The Wal-Mart Effect.
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Europe Copes With Backlash Against Austerity Measures

Robert Siegel talks with Anton La Guardia, the Brussels-based European Union correspondent for The Economist, about the backlash he's seeing against austerity measures throughout Europe.
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Dutch PM Resigns, Clears Way For Elections

Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, is tendering his government's resignation to Queen Beatrix Monday, clearing the way for elections. The decision comes after far-right politician Geert Wilders ended Rutte's majority in Parliament by withdrawing his support for planned budget cuts to meet European Union deficit limits. The government crisis has plunged the Netherlands into political uncertainty just as the eurozone sovereign debt crisis is heating up again. NPR's Philip Reeves has the story.

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