As bonds and stocks soar, and Europe’s leaders continue to proclaim victory, despite Draghi’s downbeat jawboning as EUR surges to growth-crushing levels, it is well known that the employment situation remains abysmal in the real economy. However, what is worse that the red-flashing-headlines of record youth (and total) unemployment is, as Bloomberg’s Niraj Shah notes, 125 million people in the EU were at risk of pverty or social exclusion. According to Eurostat, that is 24.8% of the population. Almost half of Bulgarians faced economic hardship and Greece had the highest poverty rate in the euro area at 34.6% (though if Stournaras was to be believed this weekend, their problems are solved).
Source: Bloomberg Brief (@economistniraj)