Monday 1 October 2012

Quote of the Week: The Other Moral Hazard

From The Economist:

"There is a cost to delay and prevarication. It is harder for countries to reform without hope that their agony will end. Germany’s unwillingness to act except in the most dire moments condemns the euro zone to one acute crisis after another. In the short term Mrs Merkel may thus find herself fighting for re-election next year with the euro zone back in flames. In the longer term a chronic crisis is already creating permanent damage: prolonged economic stagnation and depression in deficit countries, loss of confidence in the credibility of governments and the future of the euro, and increasingly poisonous politics. Germany may fear the “legacy” costs of past mistakes. But it should also worry about the legacy of its hesitation and inaction."

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