The Euro-Zone and Greece Trichet's Dream of a European Finance Ministry

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet envisions a future in which Brussels can veto the budgets of debt-ridden euro-zone countries. It's not likely to happen anytime soon, but the ongoing problems in Greece demonstrate the perils of business as usual.
A portrait of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou painted as a clown in a Thursday protest.

A portrait of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou painted as a clown in a Thursday protest.

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