It’s a familiar place for the currency bloc, which spent the past five years struggling for growth, the faith of investors and even its very existence. The latest concerns, that failure to break political logjams dumps the region back into recession and crisis, are propelling the continent back up the worry list of investors, executives and policy makers heading to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos.
A Greek election in six days may hand a slice of power to a party gunning to renegotiate the austerity on which the nation’s bailout is based, potentially serving as a preview for votes in Portugal and Spain and reviving talk of a euro exit.
Meantime, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, the man who defused the turmoil in 2012, is trying to craft the cross-border consensus needed for full-blown quantitative easing as the threat of deflation hovers over the region and governments resist overtures to do more.
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