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The Conference Board Economics Watch® - European View

 

A Positive “Muddle Through” Scenario Remains the Most Likely Outcome, but the Road to More Solid Growth in the Euro Area Will Remain Bumpy

  • The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the Euro Area continued to improve in February, and the country indexes have also been improving in recent months
  • The European Central Bank’s long-term refinancing operations (LTROs) have led to a broad-based improvement of financial conditions
  • The bailout of Greece, the fiscal compact, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), and possible help from the IMF have bought time
  • High levels of unemployment in Europe, especially those found using a broader measure that includes inactivity in the labor market, reflect structural weaknesses
  • On a unit-labor-cost basis, manufacturing in Europe is less competitive than in the United States
  • Reforms to create more flexible labor markets could help European economies become more competitive

 

 

 

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