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    Struggling with News Article

    Hello everyone,

    I'm reading about the European economy and how Germany is to react to Greece's bankruptcy. Now I'm stuck on one phrase. Please have a look through the following writing.

    “Europe’s future was a sore topic for Germans even before the crisis. Germans see their prosperity under threat on all sides as their own population shrinks and ages, and as Europe’s power in the world declines. On top of that looms the possible unraveling of a currency that they now regard, fiercely, as their own. More than anything, Germans are desperate to preserve what they have achieved, and they’re convinced their way is the right way to stave off disaster.”

    I'm in trouble with the "unraveling". I only know the dictionary definition of this word but I assume it's something negative relating to the euro. Maybe like the united currency system might collapse...?

    Any advice would be of great help.

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    Re: Struggling with News Article

    Quote Originally Posted by Kengo View Post
    I'm in trouble with the "unraveling". I only know the dictionary definition of this word but I assume it's something negative relating to the euro. Maybe like the united currency system might collapse...?
    Yes. If the currency collapses, we might see it as falling apart, become separated into individual threads (the Franc, Mark, Lira, etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Yes. If the currency collapses, we might see it as falling apart, become separated into individual threads (the Franc, Mark, Lira, etc).
    Thank you fivejedjon!

    This has been one of the hardest articles I've had to read and I was bewildered.
    I see it clearly now having it unraveled.

    Thanks again!

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    Re: Struggling with News Article

    Quote Originally Posted by Kengo View Post
    Thank you fivejedjon!

    This has been one of the hardest articles I've had to read and I was bewildered.
    I see it clearly now having it unraveled.

    Thanks again!
    To be honest, when it comes to news articles regarding the economy and worldwide money matters, even native English speakers have difficulty understanding what exactly is being said.

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    Re: Struggling with News Article

    You mean you didn't learn what "quantitative easing" was in grade school?

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    Re: Struggling with News Article

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    To be honest, when it comes to news articles regarding the economy and worldwide money matters, even native English speakers have difficulty understanding what exactly is being said.
    Difficulty? That's a bit of an understatement as far as I am concerned.

    I was able to respond to the OP only because the question did not involve quantitave easing or similar gobbledegook

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    To be honest, when it comes to news articles regarding the economy and worldwide money matters, even native English speakers have difficulty understanding what exactly is being said.
    Hi Ouisch,

    That's a relief.
    In my first language too, these things just pass through my ears and nothing remains in my head.

    I'd never even heard of quantitative easing, nothing to say of the concept.
    I'll make sure I bring it up here if I ever get stuck with that one.

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    Re: Struggling with News Article

    I'd never even heard of quantitative easing, nothing to say of the concept.
    I'll make sure I bring it up here if I ever get stuck with that one.
    It means printing more banknotes.

    Rover

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    Re: Struggling with News Article

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    You mean you didn't learn what "quantitative easing" was in grade school?
    I think I was absent that week. And I had a dentist appointment that day the teacher discussed Keynesian economics.

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