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Even as Governments Act, Time Runs Short for Euro

Posted By admin On November 13, 2011 @ 6:31 am In Money Watch | Comments Disabled

NICHOLAS KULISH and STEVEN ERLANGER
NY Times [1]
November 13, 2011

BERLIN — The window of opportunity to save the euro is rapidly closing, as the sovereign debt crisis erodes the solvency of Europe’s banks and drives up borrowing rates for even once rock-solid countries like France.

On Saturday, the crisis swept away another leader, when Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi resigned after 17 years of dominance in Italian politics to the jeers and cheers of crowds in Rome.

Both there and in Greece, jumbled parliaments came together with urgency to install more technocratic governments that are committed to delivering the difficult reforms and austerity measures demanded by the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Despite those drastic and tangible steps, though, there is a host of problems that could quickly overwhelm Europe’s progress.

Looming over all the discussions of reform and financing mechanisms is the slowdown in the Continent’s already anemic growth rate, to 0.5 percent in 2012, and even the threat of a double-dip recession, the European Commission said in a forecast for the euro zone last week.

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[1] NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/13/world/europe/for-european-union-and-the-euro-a-moment-of-truth.html?_r=1&hp=&pagewanted=print

[2] Greek Referendum Threatens New Euro Zone Crisis: http://www.prisonplanet.com/greek-referendum-threatens-new-euro-zone-crisis.html

[3] MOODY’S: Even With The New Deal, Cyprus Could Still Default And Leave The Euro: http://www.prisonplanet.com/moodys-even-with-the-new-deal-cyprus-could-still-default-and-leave-the-euro.html

[4] Merkel Says Germany Ready to Do `Whatever Needed’ to Save Euro: http://www.prisonplanet.com/merkel-says-germany-ready-to-do-whatever-needed-to-save-euro.html

[5] Depression, Suicides Rise as Euro Debt Crisis Intensifies: http://www.prisonplanet.com/depression-suicides-rise-as-euro-debt-crisis-intensifies.html

[6] Euro Zone Agreement Only Partial Solution: IMF: http://www.prisonplanet.com/euro-zone-agreement-only-partial-solution-imf.html

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