Bloomberg's Best Photos 2012: A Changing World

By Bloomberg Photos - 2012-12-20T15:46:28Z

Photograph by Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

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An elderly man carries a banner past a line of riot policemen during a public protest to mark a visit by Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, her first in five years, to Athens, Greece, on Oct. 9, 2012. Merkel, who meets Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and President Karolos Papoulias in Athens today during a six-hour visit, will probably reinforce statements from European finance ministers yesterday saluting Greece's determination to trim its budget while demanding further steps to reshape its economy.