Rom brenner mens EU gnikker

Hans Rustad

Finans­ana­ly­ti­kere kal­ler det som skjer nå for en ned­smel­ting. Hel­las er blitt uve­sent­lig, opp­merk­som­he­ten er ret­tet mot Ita­lia, og Frank­rike og Spa­nia begyn­ner å føle presset.

Jen­ni­fer McKe­own, a senior Euro­pean eco­nomist at Capi­tal Eco­no­mics, said: “It is a panic. Rome is bur­ning. Govern­ments need to stop the fire spre­ad­ing. Bri­tain can’t escape the impli­ca­tions of this cri­sis.” Marc Ost­wald, an eco­no­mic stra­te­gist at Monu­ment Secu­ri­ties, added: “This is a form of melt­down. I would ima­gine the telep­ho­nes between inter­na­tio­nal finance mini­stries and cen­tral banks are in dan­ger of run­ning so hot they’ll melt down themselves.”

Euro­zone lea­ders were accu­sed of fai­ling to get on top of the cri­sis. Last month, they announ­ced plans for a one-trillion-euro bail-out fund but have strugg­led to raise money for the scheme.
Alistair Dar­ling, the for­mer chan­cel­lor, said: “I despair of the way in which EU lea­ders are con­stantly behind events. I do not think enough people rea­lise how serious this cri­sis is, and how hard it is going to hit us. This is far worse than the ban­king cri­sis of 2008.”

There were signs of increas­ing ner­vous­ness on the finan­cial mar­kets over the Spa­nish and French pub­lic finan­ces. Inves­tors are wai­ting for the Spa­nish election later this month and the new govern­ment will have to announce spen­ding cuts quickly to avoid the cri­sis spre­ad­ing to the coun­try. The cost of French debts rose to a record mar­gin com­pared with those of Germany.

Debt cri­sis: while Rome burns, the euro­zone fidd­les
Italy on Wed­nes­day became the first major eco­nomy to require an inter­na­tio­nal bail-out as its debts hit “totally unsustai­nable levels”.




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