RIGA/LISBON — Long after the debt crisis is over, Europe will be grappling with an even more serious problem — how to pay for growing numbers of old people.
The population of some countries is stagnant or already shrinking, notably Germany’s. That will reduce savings and potential economic growth.
The workers who remain are getting older and so are less productive. That will hold back living standards.
And the ranks of retirees are swelling. That will threatening the financing of pensions and health care.
Precious metal prices are rising and stocks declining as investors fret that governments in Europe and the U.S. will be unable to contain their debt crises.Political bickering over the debt crises in Europe and the U.S.
LONDON (Reuters) - Demand for the world's priciest houses is likely to cool this year after two years of strong growth, as concerns over Europe's debt crisis, the health of the global economy and governments price cooling measures in Asia dissuade buyers, research showed.
Europe's new bailout plan for its weakest economies finally recognizes the brutal reality of the developed world's financial woes: Many governments simply can't pay what they owe — or will reach that point soon.
TOKYO (Reuters) - The Bank of Japan on Friday outlined a loan scheme aimed at supporting growth industries and upgraded its assessment of the economy, but said Europe's debt debacle needed watching for its impact on the global economy.