April 30, 2010

Will Portugal Succumb to Greek Contagion?

Stefan Schultz, Der Spiegel

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Will the Greek malaise spread to Portugal? Fears of a national bankruptcy are now also growing in Lisbon, even though the country is capable of getting its debt under control by itself. The problem is that markets no longer have faith in the Portuguese to fix their own affairs.

"Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world," wrote the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. The current crisis in Greece shows that the fear of failure can also bring countries to their knees. Greece's precarious financial situation has brought the state to the brink of bankruptcy in record time.