Monday, October 14, 2013

The Italian Government is on the Verge of Collapsing

....Moreover, the ECB is unwilling to be creative in pursuing policies—like those embraced by the Bank of England—that would ameliorate the credit crunch. Unlike the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan, it is not engaging in quantitative easing; and its “forward guidance” that it will keep interest rates low is not very credible. On the contrary, interest rates remain too high and the euro too strong to jump-start faster economic growth in the euro zone.
In the meantime, austerity fatigue is rising in the eurozone periphery. The Italian government is on the verge of collapsing; the Greek government is under intense strain as it seeks further budget cuts; and the Portuguese and Spanish governments are having a hard time achieving even the looser fiscal targets set by their creditors, while political pressures mount.
And bailout fatigue is emerging in the euro zone core. In Germany, the next coalition government looks set to include the Social Democrats, who are pushing for a bail-in of the banks’ private creditors, which would only exacerbate balkanization of the euro zone’s banking system; and populist parties throughout the core are pushing against bailouts for banks and governments alike.....- in livemint
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