Article Photos: EU scores hat-trick with Greek, bank deals, Nobel 9/14

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, speaks with French President Francois Hollande during a meeting on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. In one whirlwind morning, the European Union nations agreed on the foundation of a fully-fledged banking union and Greeceâs euro partners approved billions of euros in bailout loans that will prevent the nation from going bankrupt. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)