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Polling opinion in Syria, and Europe's work hours

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First broadcast:
Saturday 25 February 2012

POLLING OPINION IN SYRIA
It's been widely reported that an opinion poll has shown that 55% of Syrians think their leader President Assad should not resign.

But on closer inspection, Tim Harford discovers the statistic is not what it seems.

EUROPE'S HARDEST WORKERS
The Eurozone crisis has pitted countries against one another.

Stereotypes of who is hardworking and who is lazy abound.

So which country works the longest hours? You might be surprised.

(Image: A supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad kissing a portrait of the leader. Credit: Getty Images)

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