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European Sovereign Debt — Why We Should Care

Law360, New York (July 14, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT) -- In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, many nations find themselves massively over-leveraged and without a clear plan to service or repay their debt. While the issues in Greece have been well publicized and represent the most immediate threat of a sovereign default, many other countries — Ireland, Portugal and Spain, as examples — face impending potential default scenarios. To date, the threat of a Greek default has been addressed through bailouts and debt extensions.

However, these measures are temporary stopgaps and merely exacerbate the “put off until tomorrow” approach that helped fuel the current economic conditions. Ultimately, more...

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