Game Change?

The Economist: The Euro Crisis

September 15, 2012

The euro zone’s leaders have turned a corner.  Where to, is not yet clear:

“When history books trace the evolution of the euro crisis, September 2012 will mark the beginning of a new chapter… On September 12th Germany’s constitutional court backed the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the euro zone’s permanent rescue fund, removing the last hurdle to its launch.  The same day, the European Commission laid out a blueprint for joint European banking suprervision, the first step to a banking union.  Days earlier the European Central Bank (ECB) announced that, under certain conditions, it would buy unlimited amounts of the bonds of troubled euro-zone countries. 

Taken together, these actions mark a big change.  At best they constitute the foundations of a more sustainable monetary union…The hope is that this marks the beginning of the end of the euro crisis…”

The paragraphs above explain game change.  The heading is a great introduction to the article as is: The euro zone’s leaders have turned a corner.  Where to, is not yet clear.”

 The larger idiomatic question is the use of the noun “game” for societal decisions. 

Hurdle is used in the second sentence, and the question here, again, is it idiomatic and related to field games, or is it simply used for overcoming difficulties.


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