24 Jun 2010
Euro Crisis or Debt Crisis?
The public debt crisis is not limited to Greece or to the Euro area. In fact, several developed economies face rapidly growing debt-to-GDP ratios, which raise doubts about their long-term solvency. Thus, suggesting that the Eurozone is undergoing a currency crisis or is in danger of disintegration is not the right diagnosis (or at least premature). However, if prudent fiscal policies, fiscal discipline and far-reaching structural reforms are not undertaken soon, both the EU and EMU may face serious internal tensions and obstacles to future economic growth.