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Thursday 6 January 2011 at 10.30pm on BBC 2
Presented by Kirsty Wark

Roll up roll up for the third instalment in our Newsnight 2011 starter pack.

Tonight our Economics editor Paul Mason delivers a succinct critique of the only show in town. This will be the year of the euro drama. Welcome to Estonia, but will that beautiful country, and all the other eurozone countries be searching for a new national currency before the end of the year?

Just one statistic to make your ears bleed, courtesy of The Guardian's Larry Elliot, Spain's intra-eurozone bank-to-bank debt is $1 trillion. So which eurozone country will need money fastest this year, and when will the help run out?

I'll be asking France's Finance Minister, Christine Lagarde, and then talking to market players and economic experts.

The Health Protection Agency has announced that this week 11 more people have died from flu across the UK, taking the total who have died in this outbreak to 50. Although on the basis of the number of reported cases it does not amount to an epidemic.

Last year the government was accused of overreacting to the outbreak of flu and talking the potential fatalities up, so this year have they so far been proved broadly correct in their low key approach, despite criticisms of patchy vaccine supplies in England?

We'll be discussing how complex an issue it is for politicians and clinicians to predict and react to a flu outbreak.

And how will Australia cope with the loss of The Ashes, when sporting prowess is such a big part of the national psyche (and not exactly a given in the British Isles). We'll be speaking to two antipodeans.

Join us at 10.30pm.


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