The Euro Crisis Odyssey, Four Years and 19 Summit Meetings Later

- 2012-09-10T14:26:17Z

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The Euro Crisis Odyssey

The start of the European debt crisis was marked by the bankruptcy of Lehman Brother Holdings Inc. in 2008. Since then it has been the subject of 19 European Union summit meetings and has claimed seven government leaders - and still hasn't run its course. The debacle has forced Europeans to reconsider the role of shared institutions including the European Central Bank and has given renewed strength of critics of the common currency - while also giving more voice to those seeking closer integration within Europe to boost economic growth. The following is a chronology of the highs and lows of the past four years.