Reform proposals may be too little, too late.
France's ruinous economic policies could see its influence in the European Union supplanted by Germany's.
Berlin's own interests dictate continued support for a struggling Europe.
Despite its best efforts and growing confidence, the eurozone's troubles persist.
Despite broad and deepening problems, the G-8 got bogged down with Syria and minutiae.
A number of key voices are pushing for relaxed finances and slower structural shifts.
The Cyprus solution drew on normal bankruptcy procedures. Applying this elsewhere could reduce uncertainty.
The Italian election damages the credibility of the Chancellor's euro-crisis strategy.
The divided vote increases the risk of broader financial problems.
If the wrong parties win in February, default could spread across the continent.
The EU is both addicted to austerity and eager to begin overspending again.
Chronic financial mismanagement and a burst real-estate bubble are more than Madrid can handle.
Expelling Greece from the euro zone will do more political harm than economic good.
Europe should not choose between two such disruptive extremes. It needs a third path.
Keeping the euro zone alive is in Germany's best interest. Smart money is on the side of the euro's continued existence.
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