EU GDP figures have confirmed that the Eurozone is languishing in recession for the second time in four years.
GDP in the Eurozone fell by 0.1% in Q3, having fallen 0.2% in the previous three months.
Meanwhile in Greece the unemployment rate in September rose to 26%, up from 25.3% in August (in September 2011 it was 18.9%).
Not all was doom and gloom, Italy continues to provide "comic relief" in the shape of ex Prime Minster Berlusconi's antics. He is now openly speculating that may well stand for Prime Minister for the fifth time in next March's elections.
Market rumours also abound that Mario Monti will resign as Prime Minister today.
Well done Italy for trying to provide a much need distraction form the financial chaos, sadly though this merely adds to it!