But if economic ties once brought peace, they are now putting European unity at risk. The economic crisis has stirred tensions between north and south, caused unemployment to soar and sent hundreds of thousands of people into the streets to protest tax hikes and job cuts.The bloc's financial disarray is threatening the euro â¿¿ the common currency used by 17 of its members â¿¿ and fueling the rise of extremist movements such as Golden Dawn in Greece. The party, branded as neo-Nazi by opponents, has soared in popularity as Greece sinks deeper into a debt-fueled morass.
Crisis-ridden EU Wins Nobel Peace Prize
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