This is the Forex quote for the Euro versus the Australian Dollar. In this quote, the value of one Euro ('base currency') is quoted in terms of the Australian Dollar ('counter currency'). EUR/AUD reached its lows in the midst of the European sovereign debt crisis in 2012, when it hit A$1.1619. Since mid-July 2012, the pair has recovered mainly due to the European Central Bank's policy of Outright Monetary Transactions (OMT), the 'whatever it takes' measure that ECB President Draghi threatened in August 2012.
The Italian budget deficit negotiations may be front and center, but civil unrest in Europe’s second largest economy is weighing on French bond markets, hurting the Euro.