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Greece and the euro zone are still very much in the midst of a debt and deficit storm, with not just Athens but possibly Portugal and Spain at risk of being swept up in the maelstrom.
But that hasn’t stopped economists and political analysts looking for a silver lining in this unprecedented meltdown.
One positive is the impact the uncertainty is having on the euro, which has weakened sharply against the dollar and the British pound this year. That may not be very good for those in the United States or Britain holding euro-denominated assets, but it’s good for European exporters, whose goods become relatively less expensive for importers.
As Jennifer McKeown, a senior economist with Capital Economics, pointed out in a research note on Thursday, euro zone export orders are sharply up (by some counts they are now the highest in 10 years), while in April, euro zone manufacturing expanded at its fastest rate since November 2006, according to Markit.