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Azerbaijan: Where East Meets West, A Den Of Spies

Wedged between Russia, Turkey and Iran, the small Central Asian nation of Azerbaijan has long been a magnet for secret agents. Now, as tensions rise over Iran and its nuclear program, the former Soviet republic has been aligning itself with the West and Israel — despite traditional ties with Iran.
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Greek Bailout Draws Ire From Germany

The dominant role of Germany in the Greek bailout has triggered special venom in Greece. Melissa Block talks to Nikos Konstandaras, managing editor of the leading Greek daily Kathimerini, about the tensions between the Greeks and the Germans.

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Middle Class Greeks Losing Hope Amid Austerity

A number of Greeks are struggling to get by as the country's economy falters, including a group of middle class families in one Athens apartment building. They save they've lost hope they'll ever have a decent life again.
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Sarkozy Rival Says He'd Be Tougher With Bailouts

France is part of the dual engine driving Europe out of its crisis. And the French are about to change their conductor, as French President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to lose his re-election bid this spring. What does it mean for Europe? Francois Hollande, Sarkozy's rival, says he would change the French role in the European crisis management.
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'Napoleonland' Would Be A Theme Park Shrine

There's Dollywood devoted to Dolly Parton, Graceland venerating Elvis, and now there are plans for "Napoleonland." The amusement park proposed for the outskirts of Paris would celebrate the achievements of French general and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Historian Peter Hicks of The Fondation Napoleon in Paris talks with Robert Siegel about the plans for the park and why Napoleon continues to fascinate people nearly 200 years after his death.

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