As leader of Europe's most powerful economy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is one of the most influential figures on the world stage. Supporters say she is trying to reshape Europe for the long term. But critics have derided her response to the debt crisis as too slow and unimaginative.
The Greek government has been accused in the past of making its financial figures look better than they really were. But now, the man in charge of the statistical office is being investigated to see if he intentionally made the deficit look worse.
When the euro was set up in the late 1990s, the Stability and Growth Pact clearly spelled out limits for deficits and debt. But nearly everyone broke those rules, including France and Germany. Now that European leaders are trying to create new rules, the question is — how will they enforce them?
Early results indicate that the incoming Parliament is likely to be dominated by Islamists. But two leading Islamist blocs — the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists — have little in common and are doing their best to undermine each other.
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