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‘Who Is Really Safe?’

No one is safe in Europe: That’s the conclusion I draw from this post by Tyler Cowen over at Marginal Revolution:

Sentences to ponder, from Simon Johnson:

“But who is really safe in Europe?  With France running an 8% GDP budget deficit (for 2010) and a debt/GDP ratio of 83.6%, should we be confident they are safe while Spain is not (with debt/GDP at 65%)?  France’s thirty years of budget deficits do not bode well for anyone expecting an immediate strong fiscal response.  In many ways Spain appears better placed to take tough actions than France.”

I agree with his general point, but I believe that Germany — though perhaps not all German banks — is truly safe.

Obviously, with my entire family in France and my dad splitting his time for work between France and Spain, I worry.


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