Euro crisis: time for a rerun?

Athens, July 22, 2015: Greeks protest against austerity measures; three months into 2016, there is still no agreement on extremely unpopular pension cuts that have yet to win approval from lawmakers (source: dpa)
Athens, July 22, 2015: Greeks protest against austerity measures; three months into 2016, there is still no agreement on extremely unpopular pension cuts that have yet to win approval from lawmakers (source: dpa)

After Greece obtained its third bailout last summer, Europe turned its attention to other crises. But it would be naive to conclude that the sovereign debt crisis is over. The Greek drama is still far from a happy ending; in Portugal and Spain, fragile left-wing governments may want to abandon austerity and roll back reforms; France has declared a state of economic emergency; Italy’s competitiveness keeps declining; the European Central Bank’s interventions are getting diminishing returns at increasing risk; and Germany has switched from complacency to angst mode.

In February, the European Commission published its latest economic projections for 2016-2017. Pierre Moscovici, the Europ...

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