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The fact that the PIIGS are most dependent on oil imports among EU nations is interesting. I went back and looked at my old diary Where will Peak Oil hurt the most? by Migeru (May 27th, 2008) to see where the PIIGS featured in that discussion and I found the following:

We see one country from the Horn of Africa, a number of countries from the EU15 (Italy and Germany are not far below that dotted line), the USA, and again Belarus and Tayikistan.
This means that the only PIIGS country that didn't appear among the most vulnerable was Portugal.

Looking at currency reserves was not the right thing to do, as was discussed in that diary's comments and further clarified here. But still, it is interesting that the PIIGS did show up among the most vulnerable countries in my exploratory analysis.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Apr 8th, 2010 at 09:51:06 AM EST
This oil dependence graph brings up a lot of questions. Some interesting correlations should arise between budget deficits and energy deficits, between Nuclear and trade deficits, etc. I just wish the data was easier to obtain. Time permitting I'd like to visit all these matters.

If you want to delve yourself into this, don't hesitate asking for help ;)

Vencit omnia veritas.

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Fri Apr 9th, 2010 at 02:47:26 PM EST
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