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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Euro Hits a Fourteen Month Low

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Despite assurances from European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet, Greece's continuing financial crisis has sparked fears that they just might be forced to default on their sovereign debt.

In order to obtain 110 billion euros in loans over three years from eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund the Greek government agreed to increase taxes and cut spending.

In Athens protesters rioted over some of the Government's announced measures which included cuts to civil servants and retirees 13th and 14th month bonus pay; an additional three years for pension contributions; and the retirement age for women will be raised to 65.

At the Marfin bank police reported that two women and one man died when the bank caught fire after rioters threw Molotov cocktails inside. More were injured and taken to safety and treated for their injuries.

President Carolos Papoulias insistence that the measures were necessary for Greece's survival did not stop the unions from holding a general strike and protests.

World markets did not take kindly to this unrest as virtually all the major markets lost ground.

While The Hoss supports a persons or groups right to protest they must do so peacefully. The killing of innocent people is not acceptable.

These incidents in Greece should not be taken lightly similar instances could occur in the other areas under financial stress such as Spain not to mention a possible spread to North America and Asia. Let's hope that world leaders unite and solve this world economic mess before it is too late.

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