While Greece prepares for national elections which will determine its future in the eurozone, Spain’s borrowing rates soar. Back home the debate over employer-funded contraception rages on on two fronts as Jamie Dimon takes his lumps with contrition on Capitol Hill. This and more in this week’s Week in Pictures.
A counter-demonstrator argues with a man outside the U.S. Customs House in Charleston, S.C., during a rally on Friday, June, 8, 2012 protesting a federal mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance that covers birth control for workers. Groups opposing guidelines that require health insurers to cover contraception costs rallied in Charleston and around the country Friday. The guidelines from the Obama administration will go into effect in August. Opponents say that’s a violation of religious freedom, despite promised exemptions and accommodations for religious institutions. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is seen on a screen as a broker arrives at the stock exchange in Madrid, Thursday June 14, 2012. Spain’s borrowing rates have hit a high not seen since the country joined the euro in 1999 after a credit ratings agency downgraded the country’s ability to pay down its debt. The interest rate, or yield, on the country’s benchmark 10 years bonds rose to a record 6.96 percent in early trading Thursday, close to the level which many analysts believe is unsustainable in the long term and at which countries such as Greece, Ireland and Portugal have sought an international bailout. (AP Photo/Paul White)
In this June 13, 2012 photo, job seekers wait in line at a job fair expo in Anaheim, Calif. More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, suggesting hiring remains sluggish. The Labor Department said Thursday June 14, 2012 that weekly unemployment benefit applications rose 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000, an increase from an upwardly revised 380,000 the previous week. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)