Why bad news is good news in Europe—7 charts showing you what you really need to know
There’s little denying that the U.S. economy is on the upswing since the recession. Manufacturing is strong, jobless claims are falling and wages are rising. Delta Airlines recently announced that it will be giving its 80,000 employees $1.1 billion in profit sharing, while Wal-Mart unveiled plans to hike its minimum wage to $9 an hour in April.
Indeed, things are shaping up here in the U.S., but unfortunately this has not been the case in Europe. From Greek drama to Russian aggression, bad news seems to be the order of the day.
Because of central banks’ monetary easing, weakening currencies and low fuel costs—courtesy of the American fracking boom—Europe is finally showing signs that it’s ready to turn the corner and set a path toward lasting economic recovery.