Handle with care: Europe’s economy is fragile

All eyes may be on the impact Brexit will have on Ireland, but a slowdown across Europe should also be a cause for concern this year

20th January, 2019
A new Volkswagen AG (VW) T-Cross compact SUV is guided into a storage bay inside one of the automaker's Autostadt delivery towers at the VW headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. VW would support eliminating tariffs on exported cars between the European Union and the U.S., the German automaker's strategy head Michael Jost said today at the Handelsblatt auto industry conference. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Rightly, most of the attention last week was on events across the Irish Sea and on the potential impact of Brexit on Ireland.

We’ve heard plenty of arguments that Britain’s departure from the EU - assuming it does actually leave - will result in Armageddon for its economy and damage to our own. But what impact would Brexit have on the rest of Europe?

There have been assumptions that just because...

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