ANYONE GOT AN IDEA?: Europe is searching for something to get growth going again and pull the eurozone's heavily indebted countries out of their troubles — but with little luck.

THE PROBLEM: Unemployment and manufacturing indicators suggest the 17 countries that use the euro are headed for an official recession. But many traditional tools to stimulate growth — government spending, tax cuts and lower central bank interest rates — are off the table.

THE OUTLOOK: Short-term answers are scarce. The debt crisis hitting the eurozone means governments can no longer spend their way out of a downturn. They are making austerity cuts. Structural reforms could help but may take years to show results.