Photo Gallery The Euro Crisis in Pictures

As the euro crisis wears on, news photographers have been hard-pressed to find new ways to portray the currency in distress. They have resorted to plastic sharks, Lego men, cocktail umbrellas, hammers, pliers and gasoline to provide fresh images. News outlets, equally desperate, have been lapping it up.
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As the euro crisis wears on, photojournalists have been hard pressed to find new and interesting ways to portray the currency in distress. But with a bit of creative context-building and a nod to national stereotypes, news agencies have managed to come up with some interesting scenes for the little coins. Euro barbecue anybody?

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Luckily for the photographers, each country has their own coin design, allowing for some variation. But just plain coins have gotten old. How about a flag and a national euro coin together?

Foto: Jens Büttner/ dpa
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Lego figures representing EU countries in financial distress? Check. Shark to devour Greece? Got it.

Foto: Sean Gallup/ Getty Images
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Here, someone has thrown the sinking currency a life preserver.

Foto: DPA
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The poor euro coin has been hammered, squished and bent in any number of ways since the crisis began. And if that's not enough, there is always the blow torch, as this poor coin found out.

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Let's take a closer look at this currency with a magnifying glass...

Foto: Jens Büttner/ dpa
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Now let's see where on the map the helpless coin is experiencing particular distress...

Foto: Oliver Berg/ dpa
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...and now let's put it on a map AND look at it with a magnifying glass! Now we're cooking...

Foto: Jens Büttner/ dpa
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...speaking of cooking, is anyone hungry? For a euro coin? Served up by chopsticks from China, where officials have offered to help the EU out of its mess with new investments.

Foto: Robert Schlesinger/ dpa
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If that doesn't sound good, perhaps something sweet, like a fortune cookie? "Your money will soon multiply," its message reads.

Foto: Fredrik von Erichsen/ dpa
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Heartier fare may also be in order. What better than pasta from Italy in green, white and red -- the colors of the Italian flag? Odds are it might taste like profligacy. This image was prompted by the euro crisis spreading to Italy.

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First we need some water in which to boil that colorful pasta. Hey! That water is green, white and red, and it even comes with a sinking euro coin! Where is that life preserver when you need it?

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Whew. Rescued from the water is this five-cent euro piece. In case anyone forgot, we're talking about Italy, the place with the famous Roman Colosseum. The landmark is shown here on the Italian euro coin, suspended gracefully before an Italian flag in the backdrop. Because this is about Italy.

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Junk status? And how. These trashbags artfully arranged outside the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt show just how serious the ratings agencies' downgrade of Greece and Portugal really was.

Foto: Boris Roessler/ picture alliance / dpa
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Here we have an image of what the euro coin would look like without Greece. That's right, an empty shell of a currency.

Foto: Julian Stratenschulte/ dpa
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These jaunty coins from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Greece are lined up like the sinful little cancan dancers they are.

Foto: DPA
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All this crisis talk has our heads spinning...

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... Let's get it together and have a roundtable meeting with the euro crisis at its center.

Foto: Uli Deck/ dpa
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The currency is tumbling -- right onto an EU flag.

Foto: Uli Deck/ dpa
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Just in case anyone forgot, the euro has been losing ground against the dollar.

Foto: Federico Gambarini/ dpa
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Once again the euro is left without its life preserver. Or is it melting?

Foto: Julian Stratenschulte/ dpa
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No mincing words, here. Greece is in danger of going "pleite," or broke, as the German dictionary illustrates here.

Foto: Federico Gambarini/ dpa
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This euro coin is perched on top of a first-aid kit, to show that the currency needs "Hilfe" ("aid").

Foto: Oliver Berg/ dpa
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It's a witch...

Foto: Boris Roessler/ dpa
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...so burn it!

Foto: Julian Stratenschulte/ dpa
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Going downhill fast, that euro.

Foto: Julian Stratenschulte/ dpa
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Time is running out for Greece...

Foto: DPA
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The pressure on the currency must feel like a vice grip -- or pliers, since those fit better. Again, this is a Greek euro coin.

Foto: Oliver Berg/ dpa
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Now the pressure is really on. Pliers, take two.

Foto: Oliver Berg/ dpa
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Is the whole currency union built out of a flimsy pyramid of euro notes?

Foto: Dan Kitwood/ Getty Images
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And can a single finger crush the weak currency?

Foto: Frank Rumpenhorst/ dpa
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Perhaps the currency would feel safer if it were shown where it comes from by a disembodied hand.

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