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Europe's Economy Under Siege

Faltering markets, the weakening euro and spreading debt have led European leaders to take dramatic steps to contain the crisis. A look at the economies of the 27 EU member states, 16 of which have adopted the euro.

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<em>Striped countries are the 16 countries using the euro </em><br /><br /> AAA: excellent capacity to meet financial commitments<br />AA+ or AA: very strong capacity to meet financial commitments <br /> A+, A or A-: strong capacity, but somewhat susceptible to adverse economic conditions<br />BBB: adequate capacity <br />BBB-: considered lowest investment grade<br />BB+: considered highest speculative grade<br /> BB: Less vulnerable in near term, but faces major uncertainties

Faltering markets, the weakening euro and spreading debt have led European leaders to take dramatic steps to contain the crisis. A look at the economies of the 27 EU member states, 16 of which have adopted the euro.