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Monday, November 28, 2011

The Abyss

Starting the week as it will most surely go on, the OECD has given an urgent warning that Europe, and by definition the global economy, is standing on the edge of the abyss.

The OECD stated that the failure of EU leaders to stem the crisis could "massively escalate economic disruption" and end in "highly devastating outcomes".

"The euro area crisis represents the key risk to the world economy at present."

Needless to say, the Eurozone seems determined to dig its (and the global economy's) own grave, and continues to sow the seeds of confusion and despair.

Die Welt reports that Germany is considering issuing joint 'elite bonds' with five fellow AAA nations. That of course means the creation of a two speed Eurozone. Needless to say the German government has issued a hasty denial of the plan.

Which, given that France may well lose its AAA rating, is doubtless welcome news for the French (assuming that is, the Germans are being truthful in their denial).

Meanwhile in Washington, Barack Obama will today meet European Council president Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission president José Manuel Barroso at the annual EU-US summit.

Good luck with that then!

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