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  • Shrinking EU economies deepen austerity divisions
    April 28, 2013, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    Alongside Germany, France has been in the driving seat of European integration, but figures released Thursday show over 3.2 million French are jobless, and further cuts are looming. Carmaker Citroen […]

  • Global politics shaken by social media
    March 14, 2013, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    Italian comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo drew the largest vote for a single party in Italy’s election last month – despite shunning traditional campaign platforms such as TV, in favor of using […]

  • EU claims that crisis is over are premature, analysts warn
    February 12, 2013, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    European financial markets were mixed Monday after the budget deal struck by EU leaders Friday, which will see overall spending cut for the first time. Several European leaders have suggested […]

  • Euro crisis fuels pro-independence movements
    October 21, 2012, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    Pro-independence parties have won a series of elections across Europe in recent days, many of them campaigning on anti-austerity platforms. Despite EU calls for closer integration to overcome the euro […]

  • Optimism over euro crisis eases market pressure
    September 17, 2012, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    Eurozone finance ministers had a spring in their step Friday as they gathered in Cyprus for talks on the debt crisis as market pressure eases on the single currency. Spain […]

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    Britain warns Syria follows path of Balkans
    June 13, 2012, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    Britain has warned that Syria risks becoming “the next Bosnia.” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the Syrian government’s use of heavy weapons against the population, and the lack of […]

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    Falling oil prices prompt Russian economic fears
    June 12, 2012, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    Oil prices have shown a steady fall in the last few months, prompting fears that the Russian economy, which relies heavily on energy exports, could suffer.  Meanwhile, new sources of […]

  • Greeks divided as election stalemate looms again
    June 5, 2012, by Henry Ridgwell of VOANews

    The final day of polling before the repeat election in Greece on June 17 showed the two main contenders neck and neck. The economic crisis has divided Greeks, who appear […]