Many Spaniards are returning to their country since the economy started picking up. The unemployment rate went down from 27 percent in 2013 to 15 percent this year. Even if many jobs are temporary.
A record budget surplus totaling €58 billion was made by Germany's federal, regional and communal governments last year. But the economy has been slowing down, and there's widespread concern that's not about to change.
Nine of the 12 Catalan separatist leaders are facing charges of rebellion for their role in a failed independence bid in 2017. Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who led the campaign, is not among the defendants.
Global trade spats, rising interest rates and Brexit uncertainty have helped most stock indices to their worst year in a decade. Recession fears for 2019 could mean more significant drops, especially for tech stocks.
Debt accumulated by US students has never been higher than in 2018, estimates show. Student loans account for the second-biggest pile of debt in the US, only trailing mortgages. Sophie Schimansky reports from New York.
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