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The Effects of Global Crisis into Euro Region: A Case Study of Greek Crisis

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With the parallel to the negative effect of the global crisis on the world economy, the economies in the EU started to give negative signals. The member countries such as Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain seeing the first negative effects of the global crisis are located in the periphery of the continent. Among these countries, Greece is more important with respect to the depth of its ongoing crisis, its observed effects and being an initial example. This is the biggest financial crisis since the EU accepted the euro as a single currency and Greece involved in the Euro Region in 2001. Like some of the other member countries in EU, Greece has a huge amount of sovereign debts and budget deficit. The most sovereign debts in Greece were taken from financial institutions located in central countries such as Germany, France and Belgium. It is possible that the problems caused by the Greek non-performance issue could spread over Euro Region and that risk could affect directly currency union at first, then economic and political structure of the EU and create some problems for maintaining of its single currency, namely the euro and also the ECB. Called recently as a “naughty boy” or a “sick man” in the EU, Greece has created an important test atmosphere with regard to the integration and control of EU countries’ monetary and economic policies and the creation of common policies against global crisis. It became a laboratory country for the Union. Taking into consideration the process, the ongoing problems in the EU currency system after global crisis will be debated around the notion of “Greek Crisis” in our work.



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