David Villa, Fernando Torres and substitute Juan Mata scored to lead give deposed champions Spain a comfortable consolation win after a miserable World Cup when they beat Australia 3-0

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Hard-working Chile overwhelmed an out-of-sorts Spain 2-0 to secure their -- and the Netherlands' -- place in the World Cup second round and eliminate the holders on a memorable night at the Maracana

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Stunning goals from Dutch captain Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben ensured an awful start to Spain's World Cup defense as the Netherlands destroyed one of the tournament favorites 5-1 in complete contrast to the World Cup final between the two in 2010

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The outcome of the recently concluded European Parliament elections is described as a shock or crisis, but the actual reaction is better named hysteria, as if the rise of the right in these elections resembles the rise of fascism in the 1930s

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While Tea Party candidates underperformed against establishment Republican incumbents in recent U.S. primary elections, in Europe their conservative cousins have just scored some spectacular victories

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Europe has a special worry about a broken, uncaring economy. Things rip apart. More and more people fall into desperation. Some decide it's the fault of immigrants, etc. Europe's history teaches us that social caring isn't simply an abstract principle

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