Tackling Greece's Debt Crisis Germany and France Take on the Euro Speculators

EU member states have agreed to come to Greece's aid -- but only if in the case of a complete emergency. First of all the country has to make significant spending cuts. The euro zone states have little choice. Neither Germany nor France can afford to see Athens go bankrupt -- that would end up costing them billions.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Greek Prime Minister George A. Papandreou, French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Greek Prime Minister George A. Papandreou, French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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Graphic: Euro-dollar exchange rate

Graphic: Euro-dollar exchange rate

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Graphic: Euro-dollar exchange rate

Graphic: Euro-dollar exchange rate

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