Some of the Best (and Oddest) Photos of 2012
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A Storm of Debt and Downgrades
In Europe, a storm of debt and downgrades plagued countries like Greece, Spain and Portugal. The financial woes became a central concern for Germany because of its strong economy and subsequent role as debt-reducing ringleader.
An assistant holds an umbrella above German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi before talks in Berlin, Oct. 4.