(Warning: In German!)
Interestingly enough, Der Spiegel, which usually has an English version of most articles, doesn't have one of this entry I can find. I was therefore forced to Google Translate it - take a read.
The keys to this are the allegation that the "greek bailout" is unlawful under the Lisbon Treaty (no really?)
The government has responded (big surprise - NOT!) that if an injunction issues the result would be a self-fulfilling default and cites that "EU countries could be vulnerable."
No, really? I thought that was what you called it when you didn't have the money to pay your bills!
That of course isn't the point of the complaint. The complaint rests (properly, in my opinion) on the premise that the so-called "boom" in many parts of Europe was financed with German capital, which was effectively appropriated under false pretenses.
Gee, where have we seen this before? Banksters lying and cheating (cough-liar loans-cough!) and trading in derivatives without any money behind them (cough-AIG-cough!) and when the smoke clears suddenly the national governments are told "hand over hundreds of billions right now or the puppy dies!"
G20 governments are increasingly coming to the realization that "borrow and spend" doesn't - and can't - work in the intermediate and longer term. Despite the bleating of Geithner at the G20 meeting he got nowhere trying to jawbone people into more Keynesian-style games.
We blew $4 trillion in the United States over the last two years and change and got nothing for it, and as a consequence we are stuck with the debt and haven't solved the problem. $4 trillion, of course, is about 30% of GDP, and this "support" has amounted to roughly 11% of GDP over the last three years.
We can either recognize that this won't work (just as it didn't in 2003 - all it did was create asset bubbles) and stop it, taking the pain we tried to defer (and added to) or we can take the risk of a complete detonation in the weeks and months ahead. Europe and the rest of the G20 appear to have woken up and decided that the Keynes-cum-idiocy is in fact idiocy, irrespective of the foolhardy and even criminally-insane bleating by Geithner and the Obama Administration.
The game, my friends, is afoot.
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