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In this Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 file photo, a protester wears glasses with the euro and dollar symbols painted on the lenses before protesting the conservative government's handling of the economic crisis and to demand fresh elections, in Madrid. Many had hoped that 2012 would be the year when the global economy finally regained its vigor, but the three largest economies: The United States, China and Japan struggled, while the 17 countries that use euro endured a third painful year in their financial crisis and slid into recession, and emerging economies slowed.

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