quarta-feira, 25 de maio de 2011

Who ever said that wisdom rules the world?

«(...) After the creation of the euro in 1999, European nations that had previously been considered risky, and that therefore faced limits on the amount they could borrow, began experiencing huge inflows of capital. After all, investors apparently thought, Greece/Portugal/Ireland/Spain were members of a European monetary union, so what could go wrong?  
The answer to that question is now, of course, painfully apparent. Greece’s government, finding itself able to borrow at rates only slightly higher than those facing Germany, took on far too much debt. The governments of Ireland and Spain didn’t (Portugal is somewhere in between) — but their banks did, and when the bubble burst, taxpayers found themselves on the hook for bank debts. The problem was made worse by the fact that the 1999-2007 boom left prices and costs in the debtor nations far out of line with those of their neighbors. (...)»
Leitura obrigatória e sábia de Paul Krugman, no NY Times e no i na versão portuguesa, para o posicionamento das instâncias bancárias europeias perante a crise económica que assola a Europa.


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