November 28, 2012
Fighting Back Against Eurozone Tyrants
Dean Baker, Al Jazeera
The eurozone crisis countries still have not developed a workable strategy for countering the policies being imposed by the troika - the European Central Bank (ECB), the IMF and the European Union. Their main problem is not profligate government spending, as fans of data everywhere have long known; the problem is an imbalance in relative prices between the crisis countries and Germany and other northern countries. This imbalance is causing the crisis countries to run chronic trade deficits. Prior to the collapse of housing bubbles in the peripheral countries, this deficit was financed primarily through massive lending to the private sector in the crisis countries by banks in the northern countries. Since the collapse, the trade deficit has been largely financed with official lending...
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