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EU heads of state pose for the media, at the start of a two-day EU summit, at the European Council building in Brussels, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. In one whirlwind morning, the European Union nations agreed on the foundation of a fully-fledged banking union and Greece’s euro partners approved billions of euros in bailout loans that will prevent the nation from going bankrupt. First row from left to right: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico, Luxembourg's Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Monti, European Parliament President Martin Schulz, Romania's President Traian Basescu, Cypriot President Dimitris Christofias, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite, French President Francois Hollande, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and the Secretary-General of the EU Council Uwe Corsepius. Top row: Croatia's Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Belgium's Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Czech Republic's Prime Minister Petr Necas, Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa, Portugal's Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Finland's Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, Estonia's Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and Malta's Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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