Things seem to have gone very quiet around the euro currency in recent months. It appears to have found some much needed stability after years of extreme market mayhem with its very survival on the line at times as the euro zone has lurched from one crisis to another.
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.