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What do Greece, Romania, and Venezuela have in common?

What do Greece, Romania, and Venezuela have in common?

Those are the three unfortunate major economies projected to see negative GDP growth in 2010-2011, according to the IMF’s new World Economic Outlook. (The small Carribean nations of Antigua & Barbuda and St. Kitts & Nevis are also in the red.) Greece, at -3.3 percent, has by far the most dramatic contraction of the bunch.

The outlook is most grim for Western Europe, much of which will see between 0 and 2 percent growth. Politically unstable Kyrgyzstan seems to be the only Asian country with less than 2 percent growth while similarly unstable Madagascar is Africa’s outlier.