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    Posted: 3/22/2012 2:00:45 PM EST
    FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2011 file photo Italy's Prime Minister and Economy Minister Mario Monti, left, talks with President of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi prior to the start of the EU finance ministers meeting at the European Council building in Brussels. Thanks to two Marios, Italy's image is under reconstruction. Premier Mario Monti, an economics professor who succeeded Silvio Berlusconi, is creating renewed confidence in Italy, among investors, political partners and crucially Italians themselves and Mario Draghi, as head of the European Central Bank, basks in near universal acclaim leading an institution that holds sway over the EU economy. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe, File)
  •  - A Fiom union worker hands out leaflets outside the Mirafiori factory in Turin

    A Fiom union worker hands out leaflets outside the Mirafiori factory in Turin

    Posted: 3/22/2012 12:50:23 PM EST
    A Fiom union worker hands out leaflets outside the Mirafiori factory in Turin March 21, 2012. The small firms that cluster around Fiat's Mirafiori factory, now working only around three days a month, have struggled for years with falling orders, as the domestic market declined in 2011 to its lowest level since 1996. But manufacturers dependent on Italy's Detroit see some hope in moves by unelected, technocrat Prime Minister Mario Monti to overhaul old labour laws. Outside Italy, Monti's efforts to reform the economy are viewed by some as a test of Europe's willingness to learn from its debt crisis. Picture taken March 21, 2012. REUTERS/Giorgio Perrottino (ITALY - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS)
  •  - A worker walks next to containers at a port in Tokyo

    A worker walks next to containers at a port in Tokyo

    Posted: 3/22/2012 2:10:31 AM EST
    A worker walks next to containers at a port in Tokyo March 22, 2012. Japan's first trade surplus in five months and a revival of confidence among manufacturers has added to evidence the economy was growing again as the yen weakens and external demand picks up, reducing the need for further monetary policy easing. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - Workers walk near containers at a port in Tokyo

    Workers walk near containers at a port in Tokyo

    Posted: 3/22/2012 2:09:36 AM EST
    Workers walk near containers at a port in Tokyo March 22, 2012. Japan's first trade surplus in five months and a revival of confidence among manufacturers has added to evidence the economy was growing again as the yen weakens and external demand picks up, reducing the need for further monetary policy easing. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - A man walks near a container ship at a port in Tokyo

    A man walks near a container ship at a port in Tokyo

    Posted: 3/22/2012 2:08:49 AM EST
    A man walks near a container ship at a port in Tokyo March 22, 2012. Japan's first trade surplus in five months and a revival of confidence among manufacturers has added to evidence the economy was growing again as the yen weakens and external demand picks up, reducing the need for further monetary policy easing. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS TRANSPORT)
  •  - A worker walks next to containers at a port in Tokyo

    A worker walks next to containers at a port in Tokyo

    Posted: 3/22/2012 2:07:44 AM EST
    A worker walks next to containers at a port in Tokyo March 22, 2012. Japan's first trade surplus in five months and a revival of confidence among manufacturers has added to evidence the economy was growing again as the yen weakens and external demand picks up, reducing the need for further monetary policy easing. REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS)
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    Posted: 3/21/2012 6:15:45 PM EST
    In this photo taking Friday, March 16, 2012, Parker Companies' creative director, William Note, stands with trays of flowers at Parker Gardens in Scotch Plains, N.J. When the financial crisis hit in September 2008, many companies stopped worrying about décor. Lush plants and holiday displays were no longer a priority. Sales fell 30 percent at Parker Cos., a company that does interior landscaping and displays in the Northeast. The improvement in the economy in the last quarter of 2011 and this year has encouraged companies to spruce up. The number of proposals that Parker has written for customers this year is up 60 percent from a year ago. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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    Posted: 3/21/2012 6:15:45 PM EST
    In this March 16, 2012 photo, Parker Companies' creative director, William Note, looks at flowering plants at Parker Gardens in Scotch Plains, N.J. When the financial crisis hit in September 2008, many companies stopped worrying about décor. Lush plants and holiday displays were no longer a priority. Sales fell 30 percent at Parker Cos., a company that does interior landscaping and displays in the Northeast. The improvement in the economy in the last quarter of 2011 and this year has encouraged companies to spruce up. The number of proposals that Parker has written for customers this year is up 60 percent from a year ago. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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    Posted: 3/21/2012 2:50:45 PM EST
    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne poses for the media with his traditional red dispatch box outside his official residence at No 11 Downing Street in London, as he departs to deliver his annual budget speech to the House of Commons, Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Later on Wednesday, George Osborne, the U.K.'s finance minister, will unveil his budget, the annual update of the state of the country's economy and the coalition government's plans for taxation and spending for the year. This time round, attention has focused on what Osborne is going to do with the "50p" tax, political shorthand for the 50 percent top-rate income tax, on annual income above 150,000 pounds ($238,000). (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
  •  - The key points of the budget announced by Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne are shown on television screens in an electrical store in Edinburgh

    The key points of the budget announced by Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne are shown on television screens in an electrical store in Edinburgh

    Posted: 3/21/2012 10:59:24 AM EST
    The key points of the budget announced by Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne are shown on television screens in an electrical store in Edinburgh, Scotland March 21, 2012. The British economy looks set to avoid a renewed recession and the recovery will pick up speed next year, finance minister George Osborne said in his budget statement on Wednesday. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is seen delivering his budget speech on television screens in an electrical goods store in Edinburgh

    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is seen delivering his budget speech on television screens in an electrical goods store in Edinburgh

    Posted: 3/21/2012 10:54:54 AM EST
    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is shown making his budget speech on television screens in an electrical store in Edinburgh, Scotland March 21, 2012. The British economy looks set to avoid a renewed recession and the recovery will pick up speed next year, finance minister George Osborne said in his budget statement on Wednesday. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is seen delivering his budget speech on television screens in an electrical goods store in Edinburgh

    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is seen delivering his budget speech on television screens in an electrical goods store in Edinburgh

    Posted: 3/21/2012 10:52:07 AM EST
    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is shown making his budget speech on television screens in an electrical store in Edinburgh, Scotland March 21, 2012. The British economy looks set to avoid a renewed recession and the recovery will pick up speed next year, finance minister George Osborne said in his budget statement on Wednesday. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is seen delivering his budget speech on television screens in an electrical goods store in Edinburgh

    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is seen delivering his budget speech on television screens in an electrical goods store in Edinburgh

    Posted: 3/21/2012 10:50:54 AM EST
    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is shown making his budget speech on television screens in an electrical store in Edinburgh, Scotland March 21, 2012. The British economy looks set to avoid a renewed recession and the recovery will pick up speed next year, finance minister George Osborne said in his budget statement on Wednesday. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is seen delivering his budget speech on television screens in an electrical goods store in Edinburgh

    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is seen delivering his budget speech on television screens in an electrical goods store in Edinburgh

    Posted: 3/21/2012 10:49:44 AM EST
    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is shown making his budget speech on television screens in an electrical store in Edinburgh, Scotland March 21, 2012. The British economy looks set to avoid a renewed recession and the recovery will pick up speed next year, finance minister George Osborne said in his budget statement on Wednesday. REUTERS/David Moir (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
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    Posted: 3/21/2012 10:20:46 AM EST
    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne walks away after posing for the media with his traditional red dispatch box outside his official residence at No 11 Downing Street in London, as he departs to deliver his annual budget speech to the House of Commons, Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Later on Wednesday, George Osborne, the U.K.'s finance minister, will unveil his budget, the annual update of the state of the country's economy and the coalition government's plans for taxation and spending for the year. This time round, attention has focused on what Osborne is going to do with the "50p" tax, political shorthand for the 50 percent top-rate income tax, on annual income above 150,000 pounds ($238,000). (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
  •  - Russian President Medvedev speaks during a meeting of the Commission for Modernization and Technological Development of Russia's Economy at a biotechnology facility near the town of Pokro

    Russian President Medvedev speaks during a meeting of the Commission for Modernization and Technological Development of Russia's Economy at a biotechnology facility near the town of Pokro

    Posted: 3/21/2012 9:11:06 AM EST
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a meeting of the Commission for Modernization and Technological Development of Russia's Economy at a biotechnology facility near the town of Pokrov, 100 km (62 miles) east of Moscow, March 21, 2012. REUTERS/Yekaterina Shtukina/RIA Novosti/Kremlin (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
  •  - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a meeting of the Commission for Modernization and Technological Development of Russia's Economy near Pokrov

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a meeting of the Commission for Modernization and Technological Development of Russia's Economy near Pokrov

    Posted: 3/21/2012 9:09:17 AM EST
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a meeting of the Commission for Modernization and Technological Development of Russia's Economy at a biotechnology facility near the town of Pokrov, 100 km (62 miles) east of Moscow March 21, 2012. REUTERS/Misha Japaridze/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
  •  - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a meeting of the Commission for Modernization and Technological Development of Russia's Economy near Pokrov

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a meeting of the Commission for Modernization and Technological Development of Russia's Economy near Pokrov

    Posted: 3/21/2012 9:07:06 AM EST
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev speaks during a meeting of the Commission for Modernization and Technological Development of Russia's Economy at a biotechnology facility near the town of Pokrov, 100 km (62 miles) east of Moscow March 21, 2012. REUTERS/Misha Japaridze/Pool (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
  •  - Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne walks away after posing with his budget case for the cameras outside number 11 Downing Street

    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne walks away after posing with his budget case for the cameras outside number 11 Downing Street

    Posted: 3/21/2012 9:03:32 AM EST
    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne walks away after posing with his budget case for the cameras outside number 11 Downing Street, before delivering his budget to the House of Commons in London March 21, 2012. Osborne looks set to divert attention from the country's limp economy with politically driven tax measures in Wednesday's budget, aiming to appease both parties in the ruling coalition and keep financial markets onside. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)
  •  - Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, holds his budget case for the cameras outside number 11 Downing Street

    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, holds his budget case for the cameras outside number 11 Downing Street

    Posted: 3/21/2012 8:54:01 AM EST
    Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, holds his budget case for the cameras outside number 11 Downing Street, before delivering his budget to the House of Commons in London March 21, 2012. Osborne looks set to divert attention from the country's limp economy with politically driven tax measures in Wednesday's budget, aiming to appease both parties in the ruling coalition and keep financial markets onside. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)