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Christmas and crisis

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Christmas time is shopping time for everyone lucky enough to have the budget for presents and festive food, but it is harder for people feeling the brunt of economic austerity. Even those in relatively good shape are taking care with their spending; Rai Uno found out how, in Italy.

Charity in Italy includes free supermarkets for some families preparing Christmas. In Rome, proof that residents are struggling financially is required to get into these. Portugal also has special Christmas initiatives, RTP reports.

The Greeks are hoping the new year will see improvements. With sharp spending cuts and high unemployment, work is more appreciated than it has ever been, even if it’s only seasonal. But short term jobs are also important in other countries, France Deux reports.

When the chips are down, demand for luck soars. In Spain, excitement mounts over El Gordo, ‘The Fat One’ – the Christmas lottery. The prizes can make millionaires. But it doesn’t necessarily change the winners’ lives. Spanish TVE visits last year’s winners.