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Political uncertainty in Europe pushes euro lower


March 16. 2013 10:07PM
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(AP) Political turmoil in Italy and Spain is pushing the euro lower against the dollar.


A corruption scandal in Spain has some leaders calling for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to resign. Italy will hold elections later this month. Traders are worried that a change in leadership in either country could derail efforts to end Europe's financial crisis.


The euro fell to $1.3527 in afternoon trading from $1.3584 late Tuesday. The British pound fell to $1.5659 from $1.5663.


The dollar rose to 93.49 Japanese yen from 93.36 Japanese yen and to 0.9093 Swiss franc from 0.9083 Swiss franc.


Associated Press


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