Posts Tagged ‘eurozone fiscal crisis’

Economic Crisis in Eurozone Worsens

May 4th, 2013 Comments off

The latest economic forecast to emerge from the Eurozone’s  bureaucrats shows a deterioration within the monetary union. The Eurozone’s GDP, which officially shrank by 0.6 percent in 2012, is now forecast to contract by 0.4 percent in 2013, a 0.1 percent worsening of economic activity among the 17 countries within the Eurozone.

The fractional differences with  initial and current forecasts, and 2013 versus 2012 may be small, but they solidify a negative and worsening trend. The Eurozone is mired in recession, with no end in sight. The worst impacted Eurozone member states are in a disastrous economic depression, with catastrophic levels of unemployment, particularly in Spain and Greece. The policymakers are clueless, and the European Central Bank just reduced already meager interest rates by another 25 basis points. Stock markets might get excited by such news, but in real terms, these are attempts to cure economic pneumonia with a placebo.

With the Eurozone trapped in an unending economic and fiscal crisis, how long can China and the United States still escape the consequences of the Eurozone crisis?


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Eurozone Sovereign Debt Debacle Deteriorates Further

November 16th, 2010 Comments off

From Ireland to Portugal and back to Greece, the catastrophic public finances in the weaker Eurozone economies continue to throw off further nasty surprises, despite the massive debt-based stabilization fund the stronger economies in the Eurozone cobbled together to bailout their weaker partners. An example is found in ground zero of the European sovereign debt crisis, Greece. Fraudulent bookkeeping in Athens hid a massive and unsustainable government deficit. Once exposed, the official word was that the true size of the Greek deficit was now revealed, until that “final” figure was revised upward, then revised at a still higher figure again. Now we are informed that the last “final” upward revision was itself too low, and the latest figure from Eurostat is that the actual Greek public deficit for 2009 was an eye-popping 15.4 percent of national GDP.

The latest news on the Greek deficit, combined with bond spreads widening on Irish and Portuguese debt, are the latest markers pointing to sovereign fiscal doom in the Eurozone.

Are European Banks On the Verge of Destruction?

June 30th, 2010 Comments off

In February 2009, my blog referred to a story that appeared in The Daily Telegraph, a leading UK newspaper, headlined, “European bank bail-out could push EU into crisis.” The essence of the story was that The Daily Telegraph was shown a top secret document, leaked from the European Commission, the executive body that oversees the 27 nation European Union, which warned that the EU’s banking system was contaminated by an ocean of toxic assets. Though the story was ignored by the rest of mainstream media, for the most part, I think it is timely to look again at this secret EU document in the light of the current European debt crisis and growing rumours regarding the insolvency of many leading banks across the continent.

The confidential 17 page European Commission document warned that the European banking system could be holding as much as 18.6 trillion euros in toxic assets. Furthermore, in the wake of the European bank bailout that followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the document warned that the cost of a second Eurozone and UK bank bailout would exceed the financial capacity of the European Union. In other words, if Europe’s banking system enters a meltdown in the face of the sovereign debt crisis now plaguing European economies, the EU will be powerless to stop the implosion of the European banking and financial system.

Reviewing what the European Commission warned about more than a year ago, it appears that the document’s authors had an impressively prescient ability to forecast the current European sovereign debt and fiscal crisis. In stark terms, the EU document warned that, “It is essential that government support through asset relief should not be on a scale that raises concern about over-indebtedness or financing problems…Such considerations are particularly important in the current context of widening budget deficits, rising public debt levels and challenges in sovereign bond issuance.”

With Greece essentially insolvent, Spain in the grips of its own sovereign debt crisis and the UK and Italy teetering on the edge, not to mention Ireland, Portugal and Eastern Europe, it seems to me that the worst case scenario hinted at in the leaked document more than a year ago is no longer a speculative possibility, but unfortunately a chillingly realistic forecast of what may very soon be the next great global banking crisis.