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Outgoing Prime Minister George Papandreou waves to the media as he leaves the presidential palace Thursday in Athens. Lucas Papademos was named Thursday as the prime minister of the new Greek interim government, charged with keeping the debt-strapped country out of bankruptcy and firmly in the 17-nation eurozone.

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Greece, Italy turn to experts for way out of debt

Europe’s financial crisis eased Thursday as Greece installed a respected economist to replace its prime minister and Italy appeared poised to do the same — both hoping that monetary experts can do better than the politicians who drove their nations so deeply into debt.

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