Regional markets: Focus on Western Europe


A rapidly changing outlook ensues in the European market in 2015, as twists and turns continue to take shape in the region.

Indeed, only in last month’s editorial we wrote how the Eurozone was in a state of crisis over the Greece debt repayment dilemma, the euro, and the general economy as a whole.

Weaker investment prospects, coupled with the effects of several other simultaneously underperforming global economies, put Europe in a position of economic impasse and potential stagnation. The current stand-off over the Ukrainian crisis is taking its own toll on the Eastern Europe market, particularly where export for European manufacturers is concerned, as well as sanctions on Russia and the falling price of oil. But it is the established economies of Western Europe, our regional focus this month, that are arguably bearing the brunt of the ongoing uncertainty, with the political powerhouses of Germany, France et al desperate to restore financial and economic stability.

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