Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Euro under siege as now Portugal hits panic button

Euro under siege as now Portugal hits panic button

By Bruno Waterfield and Robert Winnett, The Daily Telegraph

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Euro+under+siege+Portugal+hits+panic+button/3831814/story.html#ixzz15RTqDLrZ

The euro is facing an unprecedented crisis after another country indicated on Monday night that it was at a "high risk" of requiring an international bail-out.

Portugal became the latest European nation to admit it was on the brink of seeking help from Brussels after Ireland confirmed it had begun preliminary talks over its debt problems.

Greece also disclosed that its economic problems are even worse than previously thought.

Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, raised the spectre of the euro collapsing as she warned: "If the euro fails, then Europe fails."

European finance ministers will meet in Brussels on Tuesday to begin discussions over a new European stability plan that is expected to result in billions of pounds being offered to Ireland, Portugal and possibly even Spain.

Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Euro+under+siege+Portugal+hits+panic+button/3831814/story.html#ixzz15RTWcnlK

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