The reason for austerity's deep unpopularity isn't particularly complicated: It's not, on any level, working, except perhaps to give the Germans political room to negotiate (inadequate) bailouts. It hasn't stabilized borrowing costs for the endangered countries. It hasn't brightened growth prospects for the continent. And it's proving politically unsustainable, too, as countries vote in new governments who've promised to renegotiate the terms of the pact. If the euro zone is going to survive, it needs to try something new.

So what else could the euro zone do? My colleague Brad Plumer has compiled just such a list, and rather than summarize it, I'm going to let you read it in full. So here's Brad with five policies that various experts have suggested that the euro zone might consider instead, and one that no one wants:
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