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Is Europe's Strongest Economy Actually The Cause Of The Crisis?

Germany is Europe's only country that has roared back to pre-crisis employment numbers. Still, the International Labor Organization accuses German exporters of being no less than the structural cause of the current euro zone problems.

Germany is the Big Man of Europe, for better or worse (hpeguk)
Germany is the Big Man of Europe, for better or worse (hpeguk)
Catherine Chatignoux

PARIS - Germany's relatively low unemployment rate didn't stop the International Labor Organization (ILO) this week from delivering a brutal assessment of the European powerhouse.

Yes, the ILO 2012 report on global employment trends cites Germany as both the most powerful country in Europe and, along with Australia, the only developed country that has managed to boost its unemployment rate to below pre-crisis levels. But the authors of the report, presented on Tuesday, also accuse Germany of being no less than the cause of the current euro zone problems.

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his book

J. D. Torres Duarte

BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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