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Spain Is Doomed: Why Austerity Is Destroying Europe

contributors@theatlantic.com (Matthew O'Brien)

... but the beatings with continue until bond yields improve!

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Let's try a thought experiment. Imagine you walked into the bank, told them you were going to be taking pay cuts for the next few years, and then asked for a loan. You'd be laughed out of the office or else pay an interest rate so high that "usurious" wouldn't do it justice. The logic is simple: If you're in debt and your income is shrinking, it's mighty hard to pay back what you already owe.

It's not any different when it comes to countries that can't print their own money. That brings us to Spain.

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