When a global leader in the insurance industry is openly admitting that they have reduced their exposure to the crisis in the eurozone and have prepared for its demise, the world should stand up and take notice.

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This is the question which looms on everyone’s minds at the moment from political leaders to global investors. Since it is evident that the political atmosphere in Greece is at an impasse and there is mounting ‘anti-austerity’ pressure in the upcoming election, it is looking more and more as if Greece will default and pull out of the EU. In addition, it has been reported that news is coming out of Brussels that there are talks about a possible end of the euro.

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Market news is not good as investors are spooked over recent events in Greece and France. Both countries have been at the heart of the ever-present debt crisis in the EU, but recent events have plunged them even further into controversy. There are still fears that Greece will default and exit the EU whilst the recent triumph of France’s Hollande on an anti-austerity ticket.

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As political tensions in France, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands escalated, the FTSE 100 fell by 2% which is causing renewed fears over the stability of the eurozone and the single currency. Mark Rutte, the prime minister of the Netherlands handed in his resignation which further added to market woes as the sense of instability increased.

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