Friday, November 11, 2011

The Economist | Italy and the euro zone: That’s all, folks

The Economist
Italy and the euro zone
For the euro to survive, Italy must not fail. That will require leadership and courage

ALTHOUGH it came after scandal, scheming and a truly dismal record as prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi's resignation pledge was no more cathartic than any other of the remedies that the euro zone has so far concocted. The gesture was too little because Mr Berlusconi is so distrusted, after a total of eight and a half disastrous years in charge, that even now some fear he will find a way to hang on to office or stand again. It was too late because, by the time he promised to resign, Italy's bonds were consumed by panic. At one point yields gapped up towards 7.5%—a level that would eventually pitch Italy into insolvency and long before that triggers a run on its banks.


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