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I fail to see how Greece becoming competitive with non-EZ countries would strengthen the Euro so much that the newly gained competitiveness would be lost.

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by Starvid on Mon Feb 20th, 2012 at 02:47:42 PM EST
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Because that's the point of floating the currency: To make sure that the external account takes care of itself.

With the external account in balance (as it must be unless you want to argue that the ECBuBa is going to start printing Euro in bulk to buy dollars and Yuan?), and Germany attempting to run a surplus, there must be a deficit somewhere else in the Eurozone.

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Feb 20th, 2012 at 02:52:22 PM EST
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It's like the Archimedes principle for fluids. Size doesn't matter - the floating exchange rate will do the trick. It then becomes a question of intra-EU competition, and I don't know about you but I'd like the EU to be an area of cooperation, not of cutthroat races to the bottom (we've seen how well that has worked over the past 15 years).

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 20th, 2012 at 03:16:39 PM EST
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