The Euro has been in the news a lot for the past 4 or 5 years. It is the currency everyone loves to hate. * It seems like the only way to pump the dollar's tires is to bash the Euro. It doesn't matter where I look, I see everyone pumping the dollars tires. The New York times....ZeroHedge.. I love ZeroHedge but its a closet dollar bulls hotel. We wouldn't want some facts to get in the way of a good Euro bashing now would we.... ? If I had a Euro for every time I heard some jackass say "the dollar is the best horse in the glue factory"(The dollar is the best fiat currency) or some bullshit, I would own a hell of allot more gold. Remember that even before these adjustments, the Eurozone as a whole was a net creditor.
In August and July of 2012, Spain reported two consecutive current account surpluses, the first ever since joining the Euro.
Greece's current account deficit has become a surplus
Portugal is in surplus
So the Dollar is the best currency eh ? Considering these recent deficits turned surpluses by these countries, Peter Schiff was right again. This interview was aired in February 2010.
* Why they hate the Euro. Here is the short answer: When the US went off the international gold backing in 1971, they did this in order to raise the price of oil which, they hoped, would help them become independent of cheap OPEC oil. But they made sure that oil is always traded in US$.
Now this imposes a huge tax on their allies in Europe. These had to first export something into the US in order to acquire US$ and could then use these US$ in order to purchase oil. The US, in contrast, could just increase their own credit volume and pay for their oil with newly created US$.
On top of this, they were able to make sure that the oil producers invested the majority of their US$ surplus back into the US (real dollars) and UK (eurodollars) financial institutions, providing additional reserved for further credit expansion.
For a long time, this was a perpetual motion machine that allowed the US to get free oil and free funds to run their government (read: military) whereas the Europeans were automatically conscripted to funding this enterprise whether they liked it or not. (if all oil is sold for US$, what other option did they have?)
Do you think the Europeans liked it or did they not? This is the explanation for why the Euro exists today, why the Europeans want gold back into the international monetary system, why there will be no return to a gold standard in Europe, but why the Europeans will eventually shot the gold price to the moon, and finally for why the Euro will not break up.
It also explains why the Euro is the most serious danger to the US and UK financial systems and why US and UK fear the Euro and bash it whenever possible.