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Mohamed A. El-Erian

Europe Still Has a Mountain of Debt

It's still too early for Europe to declare victory in its sovereign-debt crisis.
At least the flows are better. Photographer: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images
At least the flows are better. Photographer: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

There was a time not so long ago when the vast majority of experts agreed that a country could not emerge decisively from a financial crisis unless it solved problems of both "stocks" and "flows" -- that is, secured a flow of money to cover its immediate needs and found a way to manage its stock of outstanding debt over time.

In Europe today, this conventional wisdom appears to be fading. The temptation there is to declare victory having solved only the flow, not the stock, challenge.