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Stabilizing the euro zone

European officials met in Brussels to discuss plans to prevent a deeper debt crisis in the 16-country currency union and help stabilize the weakest countries -- including Ireland and Portugal -- which may be in need of a bailout.

 European officials met in Brussels to discuss plans to prevent a deeper debt crisis in the 16-country currency union.

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Article | European Union leaders pushed Wednesday to expand the scope of the euro-zone bailout fund, saying more support is necessary as investors worry about the financial prospects of Portugal and Spain.
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Article | Ireland's debt crisis forced European officials into emergency talks Tuesday to try to contain the country's problems, as doubts surfaced about how an international fund established this year to help beleaguered European economies would work in practice.
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Britain joins E.U. in effort to help Ireland
Article | British officials said Wednesday that they were ready to help prop up Ireland's ailing finances, adding a key European voice to discussion of a possible bailout for the debt-saddled nation.
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Article | BERLIN - The deepening woes of Europe's weakest economies are raising fresh doubts about the euro. But the future of the world's most ambitious monetary experiment will be decided not in troubled Ireland, Greece, Portugal or Spain, but here in Germany - Europe's economic powerhouse.

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