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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, speaks with French President Francois Hollande during a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels on 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. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)

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