The Eurozone’s Coming Debt Crisis

They only know more QE, everything else is an abstraction.

Rigged Game

With monetary policy shifting, most governments and banks are unprepared for the change.

By Daniel Lacalle and cross-posted from Epoch Times

The European Central Bank (ECB) has signaled the end of its asset purchase program and even a possible rate hike before 2019. After more than 2 trillion euros of asset purchases and a zero interest rate policy, it is long overdue.

The massive quantitative easing (QE) program has generated very significant imbalances and the risks far outweigh the questionable benefits. The balance sheet of the ECB is now more than 40 percent of the eurozone GDP.

The governments of the eurozone, however, have not prepared themselves at all for the end of stimuli. They often claim that deficits have been reduced and risks contained. However, closer scrutiny shows that the bulk of deficit reductions came from lower cost of government debt. Eurozone government spending has barely fallen, despite…

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