June 18, 2012
LOS CABOS, Mexico — The head of the World Bank said Sunday that Europe’s bail-out of the Spanish banking system had been handled very badly and amounted to a wasted opportunity to contain the debt crisis.
Addressing business leaders on the eve of the G20 summit in Mexico, Robert Zoellick and other senior international economists said that Europe needed to improve its institutional response in order to reassure bond markets.
“Look everyone knows this meeting is coming at an absolutely critical time — and we’re waiting for Europe to tell us what it is going to do,” he said at a panel in the B20 business summit, held in parallel to the G20 meet.
“Markets can manage risks that they’re well aware of. The danger we’re creating is that the pattern of policy-making is increasing uncertainty and making markets more nervous, which has a negative feedback,” he said.
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