Austerity Has Brought Europe To The Brink Again
April 30, 2012
Op-ed by: Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors
Topic: Europe’s economic growth
“Once again European efforts to contain crisis have fallen short. It was perhaps reasonable to hope that the European Central Bank’s commitment to provide nearly a trillion dollars in cheap three-year funding to banks, would, if not resolve the crisis, contain it for a significant interval. Unfortunately, this has proved little more than a palliative. Weak banks, especially in Spain, have bought more of the debt of their weak sovereigns, while foreigners have sold down their holdings. Markets, seeing banks holding the dubious debt of the sovereigns that stand behind them, grow ever nervous. Again, Europe and the global economy approach the brink.”
Summers also wrote “Romney Must Release A Credible Budget” for the Financial Times on April 26, 2012.