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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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.

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