Greece Will Leave Euro This Year or Next, Roubini Writes in HZ

May 24 (Bloomberg) -- New York University Professor Nouriel Roubini said Greece will probably become insolvent and leave the euro this year or next, Handelszeitung reported.

“An orderly exit of Greece from the euro is linked to considerable economic pain,” Roubini wrote in the Swiss newspaper today. “But to watch the slow and disorderly collapse of the Greek economy and society would be much worse.”

Roubini said “other periphery countries already have problems” similar to Greece’s in terms of their debt burden and lack of competitiveness. Portugal “will probably have to restructure its debt at some point and leave the euro. Illiquid but potentially solvent economies like Italy and Spain will need the support of Europe, whether Greece exits or not,” he wrote.

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