Europe Has A Crisis — And It's Much Bigger Than Cyprus

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In a way, Europe should be thrilled by the week that was because financial markets barely batted an eye at the crisis in Cyprus.

But Europe has a problem on its hands that’s bigger than Cyprus: the economy stinks.

This week we got fresh proof of the fact that things are bad or getting worse.

In France, the Flash PMI report (which is a mid-month look at the combined services and manufacturing sectors of the economy) came in dismal, with the output index falling to a 4-year low.

MarkietMeanwhile, Germany’s economy is the envy of Europe, but even they are not immune to trouble.

You can see its Flash PMI jutted lower this week as well.

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Meanwhile, the horror show in Italy and Spain continues unabated.

This week, Danske Bank economist Frank Øland Hansen warned that France was beginning to look more like a peripheral country than a core one.

Not only is the economy sinking, but from a labour-cost/competitiveness standpoint, it’s looking PIIGSish.

Danske BankNot only is the European economy a mess, and the second biggest country looking more and more peripheral, there isn’t much action being taken to address any of it.

Cyprus hasn’t made a dent in markets, and it might not. On the other hand, all of the above is a crisis.

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