Bloomberg’s Mathew Lynn has been pretty consistently skeptical about the workability of the common currency. Personally I find it difficult to disagree with the following:
“The euro, the common currency shared by 12 EU nations, will weaken considerably as Europe enters a long period of political instability. Recriminations from the collapse of the constitution will be played out over months, not days.
And the economics of integration that have dominated Europe for the last 30 years have come to an end. Forget convergence. The big trend in the next few years will be Europe’s economies going their own way, not with each other. In time, even the euro’s survival might be called into question.
“The initial reaction might be relatively muted because the markets had already discounted `no’ votes in both countries,” said Stuart Thomson, a fixed-income strategist at Charles Stanley Sutherlands in Edinburgh. “What it does do is put a stop to any thoughts of fiscal integration, because that was really the next step of the process. Without that, it is difficult to see what is underpinning the euro.””