Euro Zone Crisis

The euro zone crisis was triggered in 2009 when Greece's debts, left by its previous government, reached a record 300 billion euros, leaving the southern European economy with debt levels more than four times higher as a proportion of gross domestic product than the official euro zone cap of 60 per cent of GDP. Since the original problems were uncovered, Greece has been bailed out twice, and lenders have also had to rescue Ireland and Portugal. In the latter half of 2012. Cyprus also required a bailout.

Greek police stand guard amid molotov cocktails thrown by protesters at a demonstration against reforms in Athens. Photo: AFP

Why Europe’s success could prove to be its undoing

For once, the European Central Bank has been doing the right thing. Regularly blamed for not doing enough, or being too late with policy solutions, the ECB’s monetary super-stimulus is finally paying dividends.