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2:39am

Fri September 7, 2012
Europe

Spain's Economy May Need EU Assistance

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 8:15 am

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12:48pm

Thu August 23, 2012
The Two-Way

Good Intention, Heartbreak: The Botched Restoration Of A 19th Century Fresco

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 7:32 pm

A combination of three documents provided by the Centre de Estudios Borjanos.
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Cecilia Giménez, 81, thought she was doing a good thing. A 19th century fresco by painter Elias Garcia Martinez had slowly been battered by time. The masterpiece portrait of Jesus had faded. His tunic was splashed by bare wall and half his face had gone missing.

Giménez, a member of the church where the fresco is located, took it upon herself to restore it to its former glory. Except, well, her artistic skills weren't up to the task.

The pictures tell the story, so we'll just show you.

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2:38pm

Fri August 10, 2012
U.S.

Puedes Believe It? Spanglish Gets In El Dictionary

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 3:47 pm

Spanglish, a mixture of English and Spanish, has been spoken for more than a century. A sign in Spanglish advertises a yard sale in Los Angeles in 2009.
Aurelio Jose Barrera Landov

The Royal Spanish Academy — the official arbiter of the Spanish language — recently announced that it will add the word "Espanglish" to the 2014 edition of its dictionary. This is a big deal for the traditionally conservative academy, and it's a big deal for supporters who feel that mix of Spanish and English has officially been ignored for more than a century.

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12:59am

Fri August 10, 2012
Planet Money

Why Don't More Unemployed Spaniards Get Jobs In Germany?

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 9:22 am

Jobs ahead.
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Zoe Chace and Robert Smith are reporting from European borders this week. This is the third story in a four-part series.

The eurozone was supposed to create one big labor market by making it easy to cross borders for work.

But Gerhard Wiegelmann, a CEO in Stuttgart, Germany, can't find enough workers to staff his company — even with unemployment in Spain over 20 percent. He's had to turn down projects because he can't hire enough people.

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3:58am

Sun July 29, 2012
Europe

Spain's Crisis Pushes Educated Into 'Economic Exile'

Originally published on Sun July 29, 2012 7:48 pm

Government employees demonstrate against the Spanish government's austerity measures in Madrid, on Friday. The economic situation has forced some Spaniards to leave the country for work.
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In Spain, the growing crisis — debt, austerity and joblessness — has prompted more people to vote with their feet. In the first six months of 2012, emigration from Spain is up more than 44 percent from the same period last year.

The Spanish government denies it, but the "brain drain" has become something of a flood with more and more educated, skilled Spaniards moving abroad.

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