Hugh Hendry On Europe “You Can’t Make Up How Bad It Is”
by Tyler Durden
At The Milken Institute conference yesterday, Hugh Hendry delivered his usual eloquent and critical insights on the state of Europe. Beginning with the statement that “All of Europe has defaulted”, the canny-wee-fella (translation: shrewd and cautious young chap) explained that “The political economy in Europe is such that the politicians chose to default on their spending obligations to their citizens in order to honor the pact with their financial creditors and so as time goes on, the politicians are being rejected.” Between France’s election of Mr. Hollande and Luxembourg’s ‘when times get tough you have to lie’ Juncker, Hendry says the only inspiration for Europe is fiction as “you just can’t make up how bad it is” as he goes on to discuss the precedent for a way forward, the grotesque distortions of fixed exchange rate regimes, why Wiemar happened, and why the transfer union will never happen.
The entire discussion is well worth watching for a sense of the underlying reality in Europe.
The underlying reality that what the European monetary union is about is not about preventing a third so-called European civil war, it is essentially about making someone (France, Germany or both) a Great Power, a European Hegemon, and a global player