Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Another Day, Another Crisis in The Eurozone

Another day of rumour, tension and dashed hopes in the ongoing farce that is the Eurozone crisis.

Today Eurozone "leaders" are meeting in Brussels, to allegedly hammer out a rescue package for Greece and the beleaguered Eurozone.

Tensions are running high, not least because it is apparent that only in the last week have the "leaders" bothered to look closely at the figures required to save the Eurozone. Seemingly they got quite a shock.

In Greece the Finance Minister, Evangelos Venizelos, has finally got around to presenting Greek bankers with a plan for a 50% write down in debts (something that has been known about for several weeks). The real resistance to any write down is coming from French bankers, therefore I wonder when he will be making his presentation to them?

In the Bundestag Chancellor Merkel has told fellow MPs that Greece "needs permanent monitoring".

That will go down well in Syntagma Square!

Meanwhile rumours abound that the chief clown of Italy (Berlusconi) has done a deal with the Northern League that he will resign by year end, in exchange for their support of an increase in retirement age.

That's nice, the question is will the Italian people accept that?

Unsurprisingly the IMF is a "tad fed up" with the ongoing circus and wants to see a resolution. As such it is expected to take matter into its own hands in the not very distant future, as and when the circus in Brussels fails to achieve anything tangible.

It is going to be a long day!

As our "leaders" continue to make fools of themselves and create havoc in the markets, they may care to remember that this ongoing farce, the outcome of their decisions and the promises that they make is having/will have a direct impact on the lives of the millions of people living and working within the EU.

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