Europe’s Bazooka Will Fire Blanks… Good Luck Killing the Crisis With That
By Graham Summers
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Europe continues to take a page out of Hank Paulson’s “Crisis Combat” booklet, by unveiling one monetary “bazooka” after another. Obviously, EU leaders didn’t notice that Paulson’s “bazooka” completely failed to stop the 2008 Crash.
Even more strangely, they keep pulling out bazooka after bazooka, first unveiling the EFSF which was supposed to raise €1 trillion but failed to raise even €10 billion without having to intervene in its own bond auctions.
Then came the ESM, which was supposed to be another mega-bailout fund, which as before, is having trouble raising funds. After all, if one bailout fund is a dud, why would launching another fix anything?
Oh, and I forgot to mention that both bailout funds will be leveraged… which Europe obviously doesn’t have enough of already (the EU banking system as a whole is leveraged at 26 to 1. Lehman Brothers was at 30-to-1 when it imploded).
Indeed, you don’t even need to look at the math (though the math is impossible and makes the premise of “saving Europe” even more insane) to know that this can’t work. Which is why the idea that the EU as a whole can create mega-bailout funds to put up a “firewall” around its banking system is outright absurd.
The EU is 27 countries. Of these, only 17 use the Euro. And these countries have a long, bloody history of political conflicts with one another. We’ve already seen hints of this with Germany calling Greece a “bottomless hole” to which Greece responded by portraying German politicians as Nazis.