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The Eurozone's Upcoming Financial Problems

Adriano Bosoni
Senior Europe Analyst, Stratfor
Aug 26, 2020 | 15:13 GMT
A close-up of a five-euro banknote.

A close-up of a five-euro banknote.

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Escalating soverign debt and fiscal deficit levels in eurozone countries due to the COVID-19 crisis will increase the probability of financial and banking crises in the years ahead, as well as surges in social unrest and higher taxes for both large corporations and big earners. Furlough schemes, subsidies and other forms of welfare spending across the eurozone are mitigating the economic fallout from the pandemic by keeping money in people's pockets and helping sustain domestic consumption at a time of deep recessions. But these schemes are financed through sovereign debt, loans from EU institutions and deepening fiscal deficits -- all of which are unsustainable....

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