_ Lately, it is impossible to avoid media reports of the impending demise of the Euro and the break-up of the European Union. The consistent and similar narrative suggests a conspiracy to drum up ill will against the currency. Someone is pulling the strings and feeding the media, in hope of creating a self-fulfilling prophesy. Everyone knows that most journalists are too lazy to do much research, so are quite happy to run packaged stories. Financial difficulties (which enriched many banks) adds credibility to the stories for people that do not understand how easy it is to manipulate numbers.
I like the Euro. It makes travelling around Europe easier, although one still faces hassles in the UK (and not only with changing currencies). I no longer have a drawer full of left over francs, drachma, pesos, lira, etc. I am not forced to do math, every time I want to enjoy an espresso at a sidewalk café or dinner at a restaurant.
Back to my conspiracy theory...One must merely ask the question: who will benefit from the death of the single European currency? Some people will make a huge amount of money by selling short; someone always profits, when many suffer. I doubt that these people would waste their money on a media campaign. More significantly, and thus more likely, which country will triumph, if their currency remains the world leader? Dollar advocates have never appreciated a rival in the world of finance. The euro had become too strong, when certain parties started considering moving their reserves out of dollars. I can imagine discussions about what could be done to hurt the euro. One weapon, which surely came up in discussions, is something that works so well with political rivals: character assassination. That explains the bad news...which is not news...flooding the media.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.