the sick man of (something or somewhere)

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the sick man of (something or somewhere)

Something or some place that is particularly unsound, untenable, or doomed to fail, especially among or in comparison to its peers. Due in large part to several tumultuous years of indecision in its parliament, Greece has been the sick man of Europe since the global recession began. The banking giant, which once propped up the entire country, has now become the sick man of the economy in recent years.
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They said it was about sending a signal that the sick man of Europe wanted to change.
WALES is the sick man of Europe and a radical new strategy is needed to combat health inequalities, two leading academics warn today.
Those on low incomes or on welfare payments don't need surveys to tell them we are the sick man of Europe.
Stubb's frustration was evident when he said in September: "Basically, we are the sick man of Europe.
Right-wing pundits love to tell us it was the unions who made Britain the so-called Sick Man of Europe, neatly forgetting years of manufacturing underinvestment, weak management, a global oil crisis and a post-Empire world when our overseas markets shrank.
It is a simple fact that, almost single-handedly, Mrs T transformed this country from the Sick Man of Europe, which it was in 1979, into the Vibrant Man of Europe in the space of only 11 years.
Speaking without notes, Mr Davies said: "By the time Margaret Thatcher left office, this country was not the sick man of Europe.
WELSH farming is in danger of becoming the sick man of Europe as it grapples with punitive reductions in CAP payments, angry union leaders have claimed.
Britain was the sick man of Europe and there seemed to be a new strike every week.
We needed something to say we were not the sick man of Europe and that we were a force to be reckoned with.
Turkey was the sick man of Europe, but now it has become one of the fastest growing economies of the world," Peet said.
Greece, not its old rival Turkey, is now clearly the Sick Man of Europe and the alarming signs are that it is not going to be recovering any time soon.
In his monthly Global Forecast programme he says that this could pose a return to the 1970s position of the UK as the sick man of Europe.
To quote David Cameron: "Unless we deal with this debt crisis, we risk once again becoming the sick man of Europe.
As Edward Lucas, the author of the latest major book on Russia, The New Cold War, puts it: "Russia's vengeful, xenophobic, and ruthless rulers have turned the sick man of Europe into a menacing bully.