Eurozone Debt Crisis

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Tim Randall Student Network Resources The weekend of May 5-6 opened a new chapter in the Eurozone debt crisis as voters in France and Greece voiced their disproval over current leadership. With news of France's Sarkozy losing the presidency, and "a dismal election result for Greece's pro-bailout parties" ( May 7, 2012. PP. 1); the future of the Eurozone continues to be shrouded in uncertainty. Debt yields for Greece, Ireland, and Portugal spiked as bond investors ruminated over fiscal and monetary policies. Likewise in Spain, the ten year bond pushed closer to the "psychologically important 6 percent" ( May 7, 2012. PP. 1) threshold. These events highlight the troubling issues of austerity, growth, and debt service which are weighing down the European economy, and as a result imperil the global economic growth story. Debt and Downgrades As the rating agencies: Moody's, S&P, and Fitch continue to downgrade Eurozone debt from France to the PIIGS; the interest costs for government borrowing in Eurozone countries, with Germany excepted, continue to rise, as does the cost for the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), a creation of the European Central Bank to provide liquidity. The Eurozone has been under pressure since the global recovery began in 2009-2010 as investors began to see the troubling signs of government overspending and high GDP ratios across the 17 member group. First to this bond vigilante parade was Greece, a member nation
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