Banking

Brexit Is a Lehman Moment for European Banks

Never let a good crisis go to waste.

Europe's banks need intensive care.

Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

European banks are undergoing a real-life stress test in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Their share prices were already down 20 percent this year; since the referendum result was announced, they've doubled that decline. If the rot isn't stopped soon, Europe will have found a novel solution to the too-big-to-fail problem -- by allowing its banks to shrink until they're too small to be fit for purpose. The answer is found in the adage never let a good crisis go to waste.

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