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Why Italian Election Uncertainty Drove EUR-USD Lower

Ricky Cove
Why Italian Election Uncertainty Drove EUR-USD Lower

Last week, the euro-dollar (FXE) exchange rate moved below 1.16 for the first time in six months, driven lower by Italian and Spanish political uncertainty. With no mainstream party in the lead, Italy could face another election in a few months. The election could give a lead to populist parties, which is seen as a threat to Italian membership in the European Union. Similar uncertainty exists in Spain, with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy facing a thrust vote on June 1.