Updated Saturday, December 20, 2014 as of 3:01 AM ET

Europe's Hidden Growth Agenda Amid Austerity

The roller coaster that is Europe'sfinancial crisis obscures much of interest and importance. Buried behind the headline-grabbing urgency of the summits, rescues, and sometimes violent street protests are welcome, pro-growth structural reforms. Much remains tentative, of course. Nor should efforts at labor- and product- market reform, as well as regulatory relief, supersede questions of fiscal discipline and needed emergency infusions of financial capital. But the fundamental reform efforts in Europe's periphery nonetheless deserve investor attention, especially because they are less widely reported.

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