Europe Is Following Italy Into A Minefield Of Permanent Austerity And Debt Crises

Friday, December 12, 2014
By Paul Martin

Mike Bird
Dec. 12, 2014

Europe is about to fall into deflation. With oil prices now below $60, negative price growth is pretty much certain in the eurozone early next year.

The good news is that economists are projecting that Europe’s deflation will be brief and mild. After a few months below zero, inflation will begin to rise again later in 2015, to 0.1% for 2015, according to Capital Economics. Most analysts think it will then pick up a little bit further over the following couple of years. Of course, most also predicted that Europe would not fall into deflation at all.

So what if Europe, like Japan, fell into a long period of mild deflation?

In that sort of scenario, Italy is Europe’s biggest worry. Its economy is around eight times the size of Greece’s, so it’s a systemic risk for the whole of the continent that can’t be easily isolated. If Italy sneezes, the rest of Europe can expect to catch a cold.

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