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Europe sails out with heavy ‘heritage’ in 2012

By Fang Xiangsheng (Guangming Daily)

17:05, January 06, 2012

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

The "heritage" left by the year of 2011 to Europe is heavy. The trust crisis and social crisis caused by the sovereign debt crises of a few European countries have pushed Europe into a very difficult position. Since the debt crisis occurred, seven European countries have changed their governments and various protests have happened successively in Europe.

The New Year speeches of European leaders have several common points:

First, Europe is in trouble and the European people's anxieties have increased.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said frankly that the year of 2011 was a year with significant changes and the debt crises of several countries of the Euro Zone were still annoying them.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said 2011 had come to an end and they went through many hardships in the year. Since the European debt crisis occurred, the global economy has been on the brink of collapse for many times, the size and destructive power of the crisis were the greatest since the Second World War, and the crisis was still far from end.

British Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged that many families in the United Kingdom were worrying about finding jobs and paying bills.

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