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Things worth reading: 6th January 2010

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Today's must read:

Are we about to see the end of the much-vaunted eurozone? – Guardian

"The imposition of the euro, and the rigid economic policy a single
currency implies, is having socially catastrophic effects across much
of Europe on a scale that dwarfs Britain's suffering in the 1990s.
Consider the facts. In Spain, unemployment has already reached a
gut-wrenching 19.3%. But unemployment for those between 16-24 is a
catastrophic 42%. In Greece, youth unemployment is 25%, in Ireland
28.4% and Italy 26.9%. Marginal eurozone countries such as Greece,
Spain and Ireland are not just in recession. They are in depression –
and so long as they remain inside the euro there is no exit."

What does 2010 hold for Europe? – Financial Times (Video)

Frosty UK-Iceland Relations

Iceland ditches bank compensation dealThe Independent
Britain threatens to freeze Iceland out of EU as loan payback vetoedThe Times

Quote of the Day

"Every banker knows that if he has to prove that he is worthy of credit, however good may be his arguments, then his credit has gone."
Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)

About Chris M Skinner

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