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Silvio Berlusconi: "Italy May Be Forced To Leave The Eurozone And Return To The Lira"
Zero Hedge ^ | 12/18/2012 | Tyler Durden

Posted on 12/18/2012 5:35:49 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Reminding the world of just the kind of truthiness that got him sacked originally by that other Italian, the Ex-Goldmanite Mario Draghi, back in November 2011, and which the world has to look forward to when Silvio Berlusconi returns to power some time in 2013, even if not as PM (a position he currently has a snowball's chance in hell of regaining based on current political polls), Reuters informs us that the Italian, who certainly has not read the Goldman book on status quo perpetuation, just said the unimaginable: the truth. To wit: "If Germany doesn't accept that the ECB must be a real central bank, if interest rates don't come down, we will be forced to leave the euro and return to our own currency in order to be competitive." Berlusconi said in comments reported by Italian news agencies Ansa and Agi. The 76-year-old media tycoon has made similar remarks in the past about the possibility of Italy, or even Germany, leaving the euro, but has often at least partially rectified them later." Not this time. Now with Germany and the Buba folding like a broken chair, Silvio is coming back and knows he can demand anything and everything, and Germany has no choice but to accept, Merkel reelection in a few months be damned.

Perhaps the former PM who recently got engaged to this 28 year old girl who obviously loves him for his personality has read our little primer on what happens in a Europe in which external devaluation (i.e., FX) is not a possibility, and where another 30-50% drop in PIIGS salaries would be neccesary to restore competitiveness. That, or a return to the Lira of course. And Berlusconi has seen that in the duel between Greece and Germany so far the former (and specifically its creditors) have gotten all the advantage. It is only a matter of time before he parlays that negotiating approach to Italy as well, and in the process destabilizes whatever artificial balance the ECB may have created.

More from Reuters:

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Tuesday Italy would be forced to leave the euro zone unless the European Central Bank gets more powers to ensure lower borrowing costs.


Berlusconi, who announced this month he will again lead his People of Freedom party (PDL) in a national election expected in February, said on a talk-show on state broadcaster RAI that the ECB should become a lender of last resort for the currency bloc.


Berlusconi is already campaigning hard for the election with a spate of television interviews in an attempt to close the wide gap with the center-left Democratic Party which is polling at above 30 percent, some 14 points above the PDL.


Berlusconi was forced to resign as prime minister in November last year as Italian bond yields surged at the height of the euro zone debt crisis.

Enjoy the little European respite ladies and gents, because in a few weeks, the Magic Money Tree-free reality is coming back with a vengeance.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: berlusconi; euro; italy; lira

1 posted on 12/18/2012 5:35:54 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 12/18/2012 5:41:29 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bluster on Berlusconi’s part. He knows Germany has him and his country by the zeppoles.

3 posted on 12/18/2012 5:48:14 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: SeekAndFind

He is right. The Germans are tapped out. There is simply not enough available capital to bail out three generations of deficit spending, huge debts and unfunded entitlements that have occurred in Italy, Spain and France. (Greece, Portugal and Ireland are minor actors) The EU and the euro are doomed. Germany will eventually and ironically pivot toward the boundless potential of Russia. Southern Europe will become a backwater.

4 posted on 12/18/2012 5:49:27 PM PST by allendale
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To: allendale

Exactly right. Maybe it makes him feel powerful to make meaningless threats but the only viable economy in the EU can’t carry all the others. And the German people seem to be slowly figuring this out.

5 posted on 12/18/2012 6:02:38 PM PST by bigbob
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The German politicians are playing a very crafty game. The new agreement over a eurozone banking supervisor was specifically designed to have countries continue to run to Germany for loans rather than create a common rescue fund. It’s all about power. Keep watching.

6 posted on 12/18/2012 6:06:21 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: SeekAndFind
But will Italy's unelected...and non-Italian...masters in Brussels allow it?
7 posted on 12/18/2012 6:11:42 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (When Robbing Peter To Pay Paul,One Can Always Count On Paul's Cooperation)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bunga bunga!

8 posted on 12/18/2012 6:26:00 PM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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So does this mean his girlfriends aren’t taking euros any more?

9 posted on 12/18/2012 7:16:50 PM PST by Peter ODonnell (It wasn't this cold before global warming)
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