Eurozone Crisis: Economic Recession Continues
The latest data released by Eurostat shows that in the final quarter of 2012, the Eurozone area’s combined GDP contracted by 0.6 percent. This follows a previous quarter of negative growth, reflecting the fact that the Eurozone is confronting both a staggering debt crisis and an economic recession simultaneously. The Q4 data shows that even Germany’s economy, the strongest in the Eurozone, also contracted.
Negative growth will only exacerbate the Eurozone’s sovereign debt crisis. With the worst afflicted economies dependent on massive loans from German taxpayers and the IMF, the continuing negative economic trends demonstrate how improbable the calculations of the monetary union ’s policymakers are in their gamble that they can miraculously restore economic growth while solving the Eurozone’s debt crisis. The latest Eurostat data confirms the insoluble conundrum confronting the politicians in the Eurozone.