Monday, May 24, 2010

Why the U.S. should support Europe's rescue package

Washington Post
May 24, 2010

The European Union's decision to rescue Greece and to create a massive financial safety net for its other vulnerable debtors is a momentous event -- though success is hardly guaranteed. Contrary to popular belief, the main purpose was not to save Greece but to prevent another financial panic, à la Lehman Brothers in late 2008, that might plunge the world economy back into recession. Sagging stock prices and a falling euro are warning signs.

How could tiny Greece (population 11 million, with an economy one-fortieth that of the United States) trigger such a dreadful chain reaction? Simple.


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