ECB Expected to Unleash QE Money Printing after Launching of Euro-Bonds :: The Market Oracle

In return for surrendering fiscal policy to Brussels, – Berlin and Paris, the key paymasters of the Euro-zone, would agree to the creation of a common Eurobond that would pool the credit ratings and collateral of all participating Euro-zone countries into a single fixed income instrument. Chancellor Merkel says that German borrowing costs will jump higher because of the creation of a Eurobond, though she is prepared to consider Eurobonds, if the legal framework is in place to ensure all countries in the zone observe the rules.

…..Once fiscal integration is agreed upon, Berlin is expected to agree to the creation of Eurobonds issued by member states that could be purchased in massive quantities (monetized) by the ECB. Countries would be liable for each others’ debts, but the ECB could make much of their debt disappear with its electronic printing press. Eurobonds would either be financed with higher taxes on the working class, through austerity measures, or through the inflationary effects of the ECB’s money printing machine. With French banks alone holding more of their debts than the entire €440-billion European Financial Stabilization Fund, a default by these countries would likely bankrupt the French financial system. Thus, Paris has been pushing hard for the ECB to monetize debt on a massive scale.

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The German Hour – Jean Pisani-Ferry – Project Syndicate

Germany should be bold and use its leverage to offer a new contract to its eurozone partners: mutual guarantee of part of their public debt in exchange for strict debt limits and a new legal order in which a eurozone authority can veto an enacted budget even before it is implemented. Only such boldness will deliver the certainty that markets need – and it is Germany’s responsibility to be bold.

via The German Hour – Jean Pisani-Ferry – Project Syndicate.

Fiscal union is the only real solution | Credit Writedowns

A fiscal union led by Germany would in effect force debtor nations who want more German and ECB support to surrender more of their fiscal sovereignty, in a binding way, to EU Commissioners, who would have greater authority in shaping national budgets and fiscal policies.

Rather than ECB bond buying or a common bond issuance being a solution to the problems, those activities are only possible once the solution is in place. Needless to say monetary union was a significant surrender of monetary sovereignty. However, by retaining fiscal sovereignty, countries found an escape hatch. A move to fiscal union is to close this loophole.

via Fiscal union is the only real solution | Credit Writedowns.

Merkel Rejects Rapid Action on the Euro –

PARIS — Quashing recent speculation of a softening in Germany’s hard-line stance on the euro, Chancellor Angela Merkel repeated on Thursday her firm opposition either to bonds issued jointly by the euro zone countries or to an expansion of the role of the European Central Bank as quick responses to the sovereign debt crisis.

“Nothing has changed in my position,” she said at a news conference…..[but] The German newspaper Bild reported Thursday that the Merkel government was inching towards accepting so-called eurobonds, at least in some form, even if the public stance remained against them, and that some of her party said they could be a tradeoff for treaty changes.

via Merkel Rejects Rapid Action on the Euro –

Colin Twiggs: ~ I am getting a sense that Angela Merkel already knows the outcome. As a consummate negotiator she is using the debt crisis to force her EU colleagues to make concessions that in normal times would be politically unthinkable. Germany does not want to abandon the euro which has served them well over the last two decades. They also does not want to risk inflation — so an ECB solution is ruled out. But euro-bonds may be acceptable to the German public — provided that there are strict controls throughout the EMU to ensure fiscal discipline. That, I suspect,  is her desired outcome — she just has to make her EU counterparts feel the heat long enough that they fully appreciate the concessions she makes — and do not start back-tracking on their commitments.

Euro Bonds: The Pros and Cons, According to the European Commission – Real Time Brussels – WSJ

A European Commission discussion paper on euro bonds to be released on Wednesday puts forward….three possible approaches for issuing common government bonds in the euro zone.Two would carry “joint and several” guarantees, making euro zone states responsible for repaying the debts of others. Option 1 envisions all national government bond issues in the euro zone being converted to common euro bonds, while option 2 envisages a partial replacement of national bonds with euro bonds. Option 3 would be for the partial replacement of national government bonds with euro bonds carrying ”several” but not joint guarantees, making each state responsible for its own share of euro bonds. The third approach would be easier to implement, in part because it wouldn’t require changes to European Union Treaties, but would carry fewer benefits.

via Euro Bonds: The Pros and Cons, According to the European Commission – Real Time Brussels – WSJ.

The World from Berlin: Will Merkel Change Her Tune on Euro Bonds? – SPIEGEL ONLINE

The left-leaning Berliner Zeitung writes:

“People in the euro crisis have become accustomed to one constant: What Chancellor Angela Merkel categorically rejects today can still be implemented tomorrow. That makes the euro-bond debate … so exciting. A ‘no’ from Berlin doesn’t necessarily mean the last word.”

“There are many indications that Germany will have to finally give in again and accept one of two solutions: Either increased bond purchases by the ECB or euro bonds. But in exchange, Merkel will exact a price. She wants to use the acute urgency to construct a euro zone that corresponds to her vision…. If Europe allows this new currency union with rigid controls for countries that exceed debt limits, then Merkel will open herself up to things she has so adamantly rejected. But she’s begun a dangerous game. It could come to pass that that the currency union she wants to stabilize according to German plans may no longer exist. Then even the best treaty amendments won’t help.”

via The World from Berlin: Will Merkel Change Her Tune on Euro Bonds? – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International.