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EU: The euro is heading for a permanent state of depression
The Telegraph ^ | 10/31/2012 | Jeremy Warner

Posted on 10/31/2012 9:12:39 PM PDT by bruinbirdman

If the euro survives in its current form, then Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, will surely have earned his place in the history books as one of the chiefs of its salvation.

A year ago, monetary union looked as if it was heading for certain death, with the European banking system in apparent meltdown and extreme divergence in monetary conditions across the single currency area. In all but name, monetary union had already ceased to exist.

Action by the ECB, first with the cash-for-debt Long Term Refinancing Operation and, more recently, the promise of unlimited bond purchases, has succeeded in stilling the waters, at least to some degree. Even a Greek exit seems, for the time being, to be off the table. With more austerity, Berlin seems minded to give Greeks another chance – until the next bail-out, in any case.

But, though the single currency may have been saved from imminent death on the operating table, it seems now to be heading for a scarcely more appetising alternative – a condition of chronic, long-term illness where still very tight monetary conditions in many parts of the eurozone in combination with lockstep austerity threaten to induce a virtually permanent state of depression. Even Germany shows every sign of slipping back into economic contraction.

For Britain, still reliant as it is on some sort of a recovery in European trade to see it through its own austerity programme, there could scarcely be a set of circumstances less conducive to long-term recovery than this.

New research by Dawn Holland and Jonathan Portes of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research has confirmed what has long been suspected – that co-ordinated fiscal consolidation across many EU countries has not only had a substantially larger

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1 posted on 10/31/2012 9:12:43 PM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman
The biggest disservice being done among otherwise noble conservative commentators is placing blame for the country's economic instability onto the President's shoulders. This will come back to bite them, since the economy will continue to worsen even if Romney is elected.

Far too many people have latched onto the "Reagan" comparison, only to ignore the reality that the two Macro conditions were different. Our current economic reality is NOTHING like Reagan, and we are past the turning point for getting America's house in order.

I've been warning people for over 2 years now that we are in a long-wave contraction. Folks don't want to believe it, but it's true. Bush couldn't stop it, Obama couldn't stop it (then again, he didn't even try and only made things a lot worse). All Romeny can do it mitigate the damage and manage the decline.

I pray to God Romney wins on November 6. At least, at the end, our country will resemble an America we recognize.

2 posted on 10/31/2012 11:22:38 PM PDT by TheWriterTX (Riding the Long-Wave Economic Contraction, Baby!)
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