News round-up: top stories at midday
* Phase 2 of budget looms. * France and Germany united on fiscal union after S&P review. * Greencore reports improved revenue in 2011. * European Commission starts anti-trust probe into e-books sector.
* Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore defends budget as fair and reasonable as nation awaits Phase 2 of budget 2012, due to be announced later today.
* Michael Noonan says "no great difficulty" in reaching budget agreement.
* France and Germany reaffirm their shared commitment to fiscal union after ratings agency S&P unexpectedly puts virtually the entire euro area on credit watch review, citing stresses related to the debt crisis in the area.
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