Understanding the Macro Economics of Euro Zone
Stop! Get this past weekend's Barron's, turn to the "Penta" section and read the interview with Ray Dalio. Then read it again. Then read it one more time.
If you want to understand the macro economic condition in Europe in simple, clear terms and with an historical perspective that will give you new eyes, this is better than many full books I've dragged myself through. Far from being dismal, it is the kind of insight that can only come from a person who is confident without arrogance, at ease in his/her mind, and educated in the way we all would want our children and grand-children to be.
I have recommended it to everyone in my close circle (real friends, not FB mob), and will procure reprints to give to my elected representatives, senators and scoundrels. (they don't get to be called fools, though fools they might certainly be)
If you have read this far - S T O P ! ! Go get this article and read it.