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After two years of austerity and political handwringing, Europe remains embroiled in a debilitating debt crisis. Greece's failed elections have raised the stakes and renewed fears that it will leave the euro zone. Our experts keep you up to speed.
Is Another Euro-Zone Crisis Brewing?
Neil Dwane   07/15/2013
Political instability, austerity pain, funding troubles and rising interest costs have reemerged to threaten the stability of the euro zone. Investors should be prepared to buy on the dip, says CIO Equity Europe Neil Dwane.


Why Europe's Credit Ratings Won't Budge
David Manoux   06/27/2013
Barring a bank collapse or a breakup of the euro zone, individual countries' credit ratings are likely to stay put, says David Manoux, head of credit research.


Putting the Plan to Fix the Euro into Practice
Stefan Hofrichter   06/25/2013
Following through on Mario Draghi's pledge to do "whatever it takes" to save the euro zone requires a full banking union and greater political collaboration, says Stefan Hofrichter, chief economist.


Is Cyprus the New Bailout Blueprint?
Neil Dwane   3/28/2013
Forcing bank depositors to chip in to pay sovereign debt could be the new template for the euro zone. If seizing assets is fair game, it will disrupt markets and prompt a flight from troubled banks, says Neil Dwane, CIO Equity Europe.


Cyprus ‘Bailout’ Taboo Explained
Stefan Hofrichter   3/20/2013
Stefan Hofrichter, chief economist at Allianz Global Investors, discusses the latest chapter in the euro-zone debt crisis, including precedent-setting rescue measures, why tiny Cyprus matters in a global context and what it means for the markets.


European Monetary Union: Moving Toward a Banking Union
  Europe’s leaders use the term "banking union" to describe the idea of a single supervisory mechanism for all European financial institutions. What does this mean and what role will the European Central Bank play?


European Monetary Union: Break-up or closer integration?
  The European debt crisis has been roiling global markets for more than three years. Progress has been made, but further steps are required to reach resolution. This paper explores those steps and how we see events evolving into our baseline scenario of a more integrated monetary union.


Emerging Europe Tied to EU Banks, Austerity
Eastern Europe continues to make strides toward greater economic parity with Europe’s developed nations, but its current fortunes are closely linked with deleveraging in the euro zone and fiscal austerity measures, says Neil Dwane.


France Headed in Wrong Direction
Read a summary of the latest article from Neil Dwane, CIO Europe of Allianz Global Investors, covering his outlook for Greece, Italy, Spain and Germany—and reasons to keep a close eye on France.


What to Do About Greece
Andreas Utermann, global CIO of Allianz Global Investors, discusses the latest developments in the euro-zone debt crisis, what it means for the markets and steps investors can take to cope with uncertainty and volatility.

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