Spain continues to slide deeper into recession. Economic output fell by 0.7 percent on the same period in 2011. It's the steepest decline in three years. Spending cuts and tax hikes are putting the brakes on growth.
Spain's national parliament has overwhelmingly rejected a resolution calling for a referendum on independence in Catalonia. But the province's president has vowed to forge ahead with the campaign for secession.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to Athens was a sign of support for the Greek government's austerity measures. But experts warned that the country had not overcome its financial crisis.
There were clashes between police and protesters as thousands of people rallied in the Spanish capital, Madrid. Demonstrators from across the country voiced opposition to austerity measures.
A car bomb has exploded outside Bank of Greece as the euro zone bailout nation prepares to return to the international loans market. The blast caused no injuries after unions staged a general strike against austerities.
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