Germany is doing well economically. In the rest of Europe, especially in the south, things look different: sluggish growth, mountains of debt and growing nationalism.
For the first time since 2007, France's public deficit is finally within the set EU limit. While boosting the president's aim of convincing Berlin to support eurozone reform, some now want to spend rather than save.
The European Commission has said it wants to see new measures in place to force banks to set aside more money for loans turning bad. Brussels also supported ways of offloading bad debt a lot faster.
Venezuela has begun the process of introducing a new digital currency. It's eventually meant to give the highly indebted Latin American nation greater financial leeway and reduce its dependence on capital markets.
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