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2:47pm

Wed September 12, 2012
NPR Story

Germany Clears Next Big Step For Eurozone Recovery

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 3:58 pm

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And I'm Melissa Block.

Europe's debt crisis has caused havoc, toppling governments, breaking banks, leaving a multitude of young people without jobs. Now there's a glimmer of hope.

As NPR's Philip Reeves reports, today, Germany's highest court cleared the way for the next big step in the eurozone's grand plan to save itself.

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3:13am

Wed September 12, 2012
NPR Story

IRS Awards $104 Million To Whistle-Blower

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 7:28 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

After a scandal, somebody finally gets rich for doing the right thing. It's NPR's business news.

A former banker, Bradley Birkenfeld, has just been awarded $104 million by the IRS. That is believed to be the largest amount ever paid to an individual whistle-blower. Birkenfeld told the IRS how a Swiss bank was helping thousands of Americans evade taxes, and was then thrown in jail.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's Wendy Kaufman has more.

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3:13am

Wed September 12, 2012
NPR Story

German Court Rules In Favor Of EU Bailout Fund

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 7:28 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's shaping up to be an important day for the European Union and the future of its currency. In the Netherlands, there is a parliamentary election that's expected to be a barometer of Dutch support for staying in the eurozone. Also this morning, a plan was unveiled to give the European Central Bank the power to supervise the big financial institutions in Europe. And, Germany's high court ruled that the European bailout fund is legal.

NPR's Jim Zarroli joins us now from Berlin to talk about this.

Good morning.

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1:44pm

Mon September 10, 2012
Planet Money

Where The Bailouts Stand, In 1 Graphic

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 2:07 pm

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

It's been four years since the U.S. launched a massive bailout of the financial system and the auto industry. While much of the bailout money has been paid back, the government still owns large shares in companies such as AIG and GM, and has yet to recoup some $200 billion in bailouts.

Here's a breakdown by industry.

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11:11am

Thu September 6, 2012
Planet Money

Two-Player Sudoku, Invented By The World Bank's New Chief Economist

Kaushik Basu wants a word with you.
David Kestenbaum NPR

Three reasons Kashuik Basu, the World Bank's new chief economist, seems like an interesting guy:

1. He invented "Dui-doku," a two-player version of Sudoku.

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