Demonstrators from the left-wing Parti de Gauche political party demonstrate outside the offices of Standard and Poor’s in Paris, January 13, 2012. A euro zone official said that France and Austria would lose their top-notch triple-A ratings and Slovakia would also be affected in an announcement expected later today. Banners read “Notations Kill”.
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Standard & Poor’s downgraded the credit ratings of nine euro zone countries, stripping France and Austria of their coveted triple-A status but not EU paymaster Germany, in a Black Friday 13th for the troubled single currency area.
“Today’s rating actions are primarily driven by our assessment that the policy initiatives that have been taken by European policymakers in recent weeks may be insufficient to fully address ongoing systemic stresses in the eurozone,” the U.S.-based ratings agency said in a statement.