From Andrew Breitbart's Big Peace
Why is this happening you ask?
In another sign that the financial crisis in Europe is worsening, Bankia, Spain’s fourth biggest bank, which was formed in 2010 through a merger of seven regional savings institutions, is suffering from a recent run on the bank of l billion euros. This news, revealed in the El Mundo newspaper, triggered shares in the bank dropping yesterday by 27 percent. Spain's IBEX index fell nearly to its lowest level since mid-2003. In addition, the pan-European FTSE 300 index dropped to 984.22, the lowest since January.
Reports from Athens that massive sums of money were being spirited out of the country intensified concern in London about the impact of a splintering of the eurozone on a UK economy that is stuck in double-dip recession. One estimate put the cost to the eurozone of Greece making a disorderly exit from the currency at $1tn, 5% of output.
Officials in the United States are also nervously watching the growing crisis: Barack Obama on Wednesday described it as a "headwind" that could threaten the fragile American recovery.
In a speech in Manchester before flying to the United States for a summit of G8 leaders, the British prime minister, David Cameron, will say the eurozone "either has to make up or it is looking at a potential breakup", adding that the choice for Europe's leaders cannot be long delayed.
"Either Europe has a committed, stable, successful eurozone with an effective firewall, well capitalised and regulated banks, a system of fiscal burden sharing, and supportive monetary policy across the eurozone, or we are in uncharted territory which carries huge risks for everybody.
"Whichever path is chosen, I am prepared to do whatever is necessary to protect this country and secure our economy and financial system."
Officials from the Bank, the Treasury and the Financial Services Authority are drawing up plans in the expectation that a Greek departure from monetary union – increasingly seen as inevitable by financial markets – could be as damaging to the global economy as the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008.