Costas Milas, Professor of Finance at the Management School
“In the musical ‘The Sound of Music’, Maria repeatedly breaks the rules set by Mother Abbess (who runs the Nonnberg Abbey), and for this reason is asked to exit the monastery.
For many Eurozone leaders, Greece represents a modern version of Maria who ruthlessly breaks the fiscal rules set by Angela Merkel (the modern version of Mother Abbess), and for this reason is threatened to exit the Eurozone monastery.
However, "How do you solve a problem like Maria" is not that simple. Rather than one Maria, we now have five (that is, Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Cyprus) out of the seventeen Eurozone countries being bailed-out (or in the process of securing a bail-out) with Italy (possibly) next in line. This threatens the very existence of the Eurozone-Abbey and calls for immediate action to revive growth at the very time when Eurozone unemployment is cruising to 11%.