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Europe is more than the Euro

From the February 21, 2011 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

From the Greek financial disaster in 2010, to an Irish bank debt crisis, Europe is struggling to rescue “a currency that is so closely linked to its unity that German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently said, ‘If the euro fails, Europe fails’ ” (“Crisis in Ireland tests eurozone vision,” The Christian Science Monitor , November 23, 2010). Is Europe more than the euro? What unites nations, countries, cultures? History? Geography? Money? The euro crisis poses deeper questions than vivid discussion of the so-called eurobonds, tax raises, consumer, public, and corporate debts and bad loans implied.