Summary Box: Europe looks for way back to growth

The Associated Press
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European Council President Herman Van Rompuy speaks during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, March 1, 2012. European leaders meet for a two-day summit aimed at tackling unemployment and boosting economic growth in the region. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

STILL CUTTING: Europe's leaders meeting Thursday had hoped to chart the continent's way back to growth but showed no sign of moving away from painful cost reductions they have pursued for years.

SHRINKING WORK FORCE: The cuts and the debt crisis have driven unemployment in the 17-country eurozone to its highest level since the shared currency was established in 1999.

HOTSPOT: Greece faces a fifth year of recession even as finance ministers of the euro currency union signed off on a first batch of bailout money on Thursday. The funds won't be released until Athens implements the last of a series of austerity reforms. That means at least another week before Greece knows for sure whether it can avoid bankruptcy later this month.