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Eurozone crisis: We’re all dooomed! Here’s why

By Tim WorstallGet more from this author

Posted in Government, 10th November 2011 16:39 GMT

Analysis Quite what is actually happening over the Eurozone I can’t actually tell you: it’s not that things change too fast to write about them, it’s that things change to fast to read about them. Berlusconi still PM? Italian bond yields over or under 7 per cent? That changes as often and as fast as Berlusconi does condoms. France to go bust or not? Greece still bust?

However, what I can give you is a quick guide to what will solve the problem.

Nothing.

Well, nothing that’s actually possible or legal, anyway.

We’ve two different things going on here: insolvency and illiquidity. Insolvency is Greece: they’re bust, that’s all there is to it. It just doesn’t matter how much austerity (read, firing people) Greece does, how heavy they get with tax evaders and the structural changes they make. They simply cannot pay the debts they already have. They’re as bust as someone on £10k a year with a £50k credit card bill.

Well, nothing that’s actually possible or legal, anyway.

We’ve two different things going on here: insolvency and illiquidity. Insolvency is Greece: they’re bust, that’s all there is to it. It just doesn’t matter how much austerity (read, firing people) Greece does, how heavy they get with tax evaders and the structural changes they make. They simply cannot pay the debts they already have. They’re as bust as someone on £10k a year with a £50k credit card bill. .. . .. … ..

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