It was meant to be Europe’s stellar year.
A post-pandemic spending euphoria, supported by copious government spending was set to drive the economy and help fatigued households regain a sense of normality after two dreadful years.
But all that changed on Feb. 24 with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Normality is gone and crisis has become permanent.
A recession is now almost certain, inflation is nearing double digits and a winter with looming energy shortages is fast approaching.
Though bleak, this outlook is still likely to get worse before any significant improvement well into 2023.
“Crisis is the new normal,” says the Alexandre Bompard, the Chief Executive of retailer Carrefour (CARR.PA). “What we have been used to in the last decades – low inflation, international trade – it’s over,” he told investors.
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