The recent elections in the Euro-zone should bring little comfort to those supporting a stronger Europe. Huge gains were made by forces seeking more power for the populist agenda. In short, this is a boost for the rights of their individual nations to have more say in how they are governed. Currently, problems in Italy and Spain pose the greatest threat to the EU.

Economists in Milan and London fear that because Italy is so much bigger than Greece and one of the "Big Three" economies underpinning the Euro-zone the scale of such a crisis would be difficult to contain. Flipping attention back towards Spain, immigrants continue to flow in from Northern Africa. while the national government is in disarray and the Catalan Separatists continues to gain strength. The article below details some of the issues facing the Euro-zone.