It’s been a long time since I wrote about Europe. How many ways can a humble blogger say, “Nothing has really changed”? Nothing has. Currency union has turned into a straightjacket of austerity and the European Union is plunging into a deep recession. The only true news has been a day of protest across Europe, fueled in part by the now 25% unemployment rate in Spain and other nations. It has become a full meltdown.
But so far, no banks have failed. Isn’t that wonderful?
There are several potential problems for the US as this continues, but the most important is its effect on our trade. Yet, for all the trouble in Europe, it may not affect us at all. Can Europe burn while the US stands by? The short answer is sure, why not. Here’s why: