Breakthrough in Brussels European Leaders Agree to Euro Rescue Program

EU leaders achieved a breakthrough in Brussels on Thursday night, reaching a deal on the permanent crisis fund that will come into effect in 2013. Nevertheless, worries that Portugal could soon require emergency aid money loomed large over the talks.
Struggling to smile: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the European Union summit in Brussels.

Struggling to smile: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the European Union summit in Brussels.

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