Greece moved to end its protracted political impasse Wednesday, swearing in a new prime minister to lead a largely pro-bailout coalition tasked with saving the country's place in the eurozone and easing a European financial crisis with global repercussions.
The euro-area economy grew faster than analysts forecast in the third quarter as Germany and France rebounded and Greece showed some signs of revival.
Gross domestic product increased 0.2% from the previous period, when it rose 0.1%, Eurostat, the European Union’s statistics office in Luxembourg, said Friday. That’s more than the median of 39 estimates in a Bloomberg News survey for 0.1%.
Those looking for a bit of humor in the European debacle can find it in statements from Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the eurozone finance ministers.
Juncker says "I don’t envisage, not even for one second, Greece leaving the euro area. This is nonsense. This is propaganda. We have to respect Greek democracy."
Bear in mind this statement comes from the same man who said "When it becomes serious, you have to lie."
Since the beginning of September, yield on the Greek 10-Year bond has gone from 5.53% to 8.05% with a spike high of 9.28%.Inquiring minds may be wondering what's going on. More than likely yields are up for a number of factors.
By Peter Boone and Simon Johnson
The big news is France. With sentiment worsening across Europe, France has lost its relative safe haven status – credit default swap spreads on French government debt were up sharply today.