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Reform or Perish: Eurozone Countries Adapt or Fail to Grow

August 26, 2014

By Adolfo Laurenti, Chief International Economist for Mesirow Financial

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In this edition of Themes on Global Markets, Mesirow Financial’s Chief International Economist updates the outlook for the Eurozone, where the dominant economy, Germany, appears to be stalling and may need to taste the bitter prescription doled out to its partner countries. Adolfo Laurenti says that, “The Bundesbank message, that monetary policy shall not be a substitute for structural reform and fiscal correction, may now be addressed to Berlin as much as it is to Paris and Rome.“

The European Central Bank (ECB), originally modeled on the German central bank, is not in a position to drop money from helicopters, as the former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is said to have done in his efforts to stimulate growth. Laurenti states outright: “Count us out of those who anticipate a foray by the ECB toward quantitative easing (QE) … the policy recipe that works in the U.S. may not work equally well for the single currency area.”

For more on what Laurenti terms, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” among major Eurozone economies, read the latestThemes on the Global Markets newsletter. The August 2014 issue of Themes on the Global Markets, as well as archived issues, can be found at

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