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Greek Ex-Minister Faces Inquiry

Greece’s coalition government has backed the investigation and potential trial of former Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou. Mr Papaconstantinou denies wrongdoing

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Portuguese Prepare for Tax Blow

Portugal’s president has signed into law a controversial 2013 budget imposing big tax increases. Portugal’s tough austerity programme has triggered labour unrest

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Merkel Warns of Tough Times Ahead

Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that the German economic climate in 2013 will be “even more difficult”. Chancellor Angela Merkel is urging Germans to be more patient

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Catalonia Leader Urges Separatism

The President of Spain’s Catalonia region, Artur Mas, has signalled his determination to hold a referendum on independence, in a New Year message. Artur Mas has formed a coalition despite losing ground in elections

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Italian Nobel Scientist Dies at 103

The Italian Nobel prize-winning neurologist Rita Levi-Montalcini has died at the age of 103. Levi-Montalcini continued to work into her old age

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French 75% Tax Rate Struck Down

France’s constitutional council has struck down a top income tax rate of 75% introduced by Socialist President Francois Hollande. Francois Hollande has favoured tax rises over spending cuts to tackle France’s deficit

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