Street artists perform in downtown Rome August 30, 2013. Optimism in the euro zone's economy improved sharply in August but stubbornly high unemployment, in particular in the bloc's weaker countries, ... more 
Street artists perform in downtown Rome August 30, 2013. Optimism in the euro zone's economy improved sharply in August but stubbornly high unemployment, in particular in the bloc's weaker countries, highlighted the fissure separating the recovering north from the struggling south. The confidence of business managers polled by the European Commission rose for its fourth successive month in the euro zone, the EU executive said on Friday. The positive trend was particularly strong in Germany and the Netherlands but was also seen in Italy, France and Spain. REUTERS/Max Rossi (ITALY - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY POLITICS) less 
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Fri, Aug 30, 2013 8:25 AM EDT