European endgame is at hand

Commentary: Failure of leadership coming together in another chaotic moment

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The one bright spot in the world is the resilience of the U.S. economy, not re-entering the recession so widely forecast last fall, and so far impervious to events in Europe.

However, the failure of leadership in Europe, and here — hell, everywhere — seems to be coming together in another chaotic moment. There is no dominant thread to events, instead a tangle rather like the first time the kids helped to take down the Christmas lights. Find the end of one string, then another …