Prodded by concerns about the worst international economic outlook within a decade and electorates still smarting in years of austerity, euro zone authorities have started to loosen their budgetary purse strings.
Do not expect"new bargain" investment plans to alter the area's market, however, or perhaps the financial shot in the arm which European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi states is required -- at least, not till things get considerably worse.
"There's a change towards speaking about stimulation but there's not any dramatic leap ahead," explained Philippe Legrain, adviser to the European Commission through the wake of Europe's 2009 sovereign debt crisis and author of the publication"European Spring", a diagnosis of Europe's economic failings.
"There is not any feeling of urgency so far... That could happen when the euro zone passes recession."
Economists now observe a one-in-four prospect of a euro zone downturn in the upcoming year. The chance of a no-deal Brexit at the coming weeks or even months must also be focusing heads across the 19 states using the euro.
Europe's answer to the crisis of a decade ago -- prolonged austerity together with gigantic central bank stimulation and still-unfinished banking reforms -- saved the euro but has abandoned most of its markets numbed. Euro zone growth was only 0.2 percent in the next quarter of 2019.
Stung by the increase of anti-establishment parties throughout the continent, and also regional power Germany on the edge of recession, authorities are beginning to act.
Back in Angela Merkel's past weeks as German chancellor, politicians in Berlin are for first time in years openly questioning a self-imposed balanced budget guideline and investigating ways to devote off-budget.
Much more eye-catching has been last week's statement from the Netherlands, among those eurozone fiercest advocates of financial probity, of new spending on health and home. An ambitious federal investment fund will be established next year.
And Italy's new administration has indicated it's going to provide an expansionary 2020 budget whether it drums up support for its effort to re-focus the EU's budget principles to market expansion.