Euro break-up 'to begin this year'
Almost 170 Irish companies collapsed every month in the first 11 months of 2011 owing €1.2bn (£1bn) in unpaid unsecured debt, according to new figures from the business intelligence analyst Vision-net.
AT least one country will pull out of the euro area this year as the break-up of the currency begins, according to the Centre for Economics and Business Research. "It now looks as though 2012 will be the year when the euro breaks up. It is not a done deal yet but our forecast is by the end of the year at least one country will leave," it said.