Friday, May 18, 2012
David McWilliams (of Punk Economics) begins his latest excellent discussion by conjuring Clint Eastwood and noting that when it comes to the Fiscal Compact in Europe “they are pissing down our backs and telling us that it is raining”. The Fiscal Compact will NOT strengthen the Euro but in fact by cementing the austerity agenda into law it will make the political environment even more unstable. The Irishman goes on to discuss why Europe is imploding as he insightfully notes that “financial panics do not cause the destruction of wealth, financial panics merely tell you the extent to which wealth has been destroyed by reckless speculation“. The realization that current account deficits and not budget deficits were always the problem in Europe which leaves the fiscal compact akin to a doctor prescribing chemotherapy for heart disease. McWilliams explains why France has seen such a change and why the fiscal compact has nothing to do with the Euro but is all about reassuring the German electorate that they will be protected from the consequences of a monetary union that they were bounced into in the nineties; as they are terrified of ‘Peripheraid’ – the constant drip-drip feeding of German cash to the periphery. Critically, driving to his final discussion of how the Irish should vote on the referendum – remembering that the German elites want a Federal Republic of Europe and that the entire union is in the midst of a massive negotiation – he lays out in cartoon simplicity why Germany is stuck with a massive personal interest in ‘cleaning up the EU neighborhood’. Ireland should not give up cheaply in the referendum ‘poker match’ as all nations try and figure out who the sucker at the table is. Must-watch clip to comprehend the ‘game’ occurring in Europe and how it is changing recently.
This article was posted: Friday, May 18, 2012 at 8:34 am