Uri Dadush Of The Carnegie Endowment: "It Is Virtually Inevitable That Greece Will Default Or Need A Bailout"
Some amusing headlines appearing elsewhere today, proclaiming the Greek crisis is over. Hardly: Uri Dadush of the Carnegie Endowment, and formerly of the World Bank, says that "it is virtually inevitable that Greece will either default or need a bailout of some sort." Dadush, who a week ago wrote a provocative op-ed in the FT titled "End this inflation fundamentalism", in which he noted that "what happens in Greece will not stay in Greece" also says that "over and beyond the Greek bailout we have to do some thinking about our approach to overall fiscal and monetary approach in Europe." What? Visiting Ben Bernanke every 6 months is no longer sufficient? Oh wait, when everyone is undergoing austerity measures (now coming to Portugal, soon Italy, UK, Germany, Japan, and, lastly the, US), just who is it that will import everyone else's exports? Why China of course. But hold on, isn't China a net exporter? Oh who cares about facts...The market's mind is already made up. Uri's conclusion will make Hugh Hendry proud: "I think under any circumstance we are going to see a significantly lower euro. I think we are going to see slower growth in Europe over several years, and I think there is a serious risk that the eurozone will implode unless there is a sea-change in the way fiscal and monetary policies are conducted."
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