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Monti’s Virtue vs. Germany’s Vices

For once, Mario Monti had a sympathetic audience — dozens of European officials he mingled with and presided over during a 10-year European Commission career that, by the looks of it, he will remember more fondly than the 15 months...

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Photograph by Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italy’s Vote Was Bersani’s to Lose, and He Almost Pulled It Off

The Italian elections were his to lose, and Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani did a really good job of almost doing just that. Bersani, a former communist who backed Prime Minister Mario Monti’s technical government, squandered a 15-point poll...

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Peer Steinbrueck at an Ash Wednesday political event Feb. 13, 2013

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Peer Steinbrueck at an Ash Wednesday political event Feb. 13, 2013

Steinbrueck Goes Peer-Shaped in Brussels

Peer Steinbrueck made a German campaign cameo in Brussels today and left everyone wondering how he would manage the crisis differently than the woman he is trying to oust in next fall’s German federal election, Chancellor Angela Merkel. Steinbrueck made...

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Photograph by Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Pope, Music Festival May Have Clipped Berlusconi’s Poll Momentum

Pope Benedict XVI’s surprise resignation and the popular San Remo music festival may have clipped some of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s momentum in the campaign for Italy’s end-of-month election amid a blackout on opinion polls. Pope Benedict’s Feb. 11...

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Photograph by American Images Inc

Draghi Dismisses Currency Spat as More Jaw Than War

Mario Draghi says the currency war is phoney. According to the European Central Bank president, there’s been too much “chatter” in the past two weeks about fluctuations in global currencies, set off by a decision by Japan’s central bank to...

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Photograph by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images

Calls for Spanish Premier to Quit Echo Attacks That Made Aznar

Spain’s socialist opposition leader Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba is trying to make the most of graft allegations against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. His campaign to get Rajoy to quit brings back memories of when the Socialist Party was ejected from power...

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