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Europe officials push to strengthen euro-zone unity

The European Union is due to outline proposals to strengthen the euro zone, a set of reforms already raising eyebrows in EU capitals as governments struggle to identify common ground on how to boost the resilience of the currency bloc. The European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker will present the plans in Brussels on Wednesday, the EU executive arm’s contribution to a broader discussion across the 19-country currency union on ways to ensure it can better withstand future financial shocks. The aim is to stake out proposals including for a euro-zone budget line, a dedicated finance minister and an overhaul for the region’s bailout fund before next week’s summit of European leaders…