If destruction be Europe's lot, an EU nation itself must be its author and finisher. So what are the likely candidates?
Can the politics of the euro zone hold together amidst this much economic pain?
A literal comedian holds the balance of power in Italy. Good times.
The market reaction to the possibility that Silvio Berlusconi could return to power in Italy is evidence of how far Europe has come.
Mario Draghi will buy up unlimited quantities of Spanish and Italian debt. But the offer has some conditions attached.
Draghi's latest plan gets closer to a policy that can avert disaster. But it probably doesn't get close enough.
Steven Pearlstein reports, from Rome, on the new paradox of European economic policy: There is no saving the euro without saving Italy, and there is no saving Italy without saving the euro. And both tasks fall in the lap of Mario Monti, Italy's new prime minister.