1. CRISIS

    Spanish PM Proposes Austerity Cuts

    Police clash with protestors during a demonstration against austerity measures announced by the Spanish government, at the parliament in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Spain's Parliament has taken on the appearance of a heavily guarded fortress with dozens of police blocking access from every possible angle, hours ahead of a protest against the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Andres Kudacki / AP Photo

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy proposed an austerity budget for 2013 amid rumors that the country will seek a bailout. The budget, called a “crisis budget designed to exit the crisis” by Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, imposes a pay freeze on public-sector employees and a 20 percent tax on lottery winnings—but protects pensions. Yet the budget is unlikely to please the Spanish people, with tens of thousands protesting Madrid. A stress test of the country’s banks is set to be released on Friday, while Spanish stock slightly rebounded in early trading on Thursday after falling sharply on Wednesday.

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