The European Union is indeed on the ropes and their arrogance as lawyers cannot see the reality of economics. They view the world only through the power of their pen to write a law and DEMAND under threat of penalty we do as they command. This group of super–heroes lack the comprehension that people will not follow laws that make no sense or go against human nature.
These super–heroes command that everyone shall abide by austerity can only lead to the Grexit and the beginning of a period of unprecedented levels-destruction in Europe along with rising civil unrest across the continent. Anyone who has EVER worked on a foreign exchange desk knows far more about the market flows than they will ever think about with all their law degrees. Based upon the botched job they have mastered so far, the EU will descend into the final destruction phase. The idea that one government would end European wars is producing rising civil unrest and the very finger-pointing that creates war.
The ultimate consequences of this wrong policy from the outset to create a single currency without consolidating the debts of member states, has led to this crisis in the monetary system for the entire world. The consequences will certainly still be felt for many decades to come if not 112 years impacting generations of Europeans. However, the destruction unleashed in Europe will contribute to taking down the United States from its lofty perch and shift the entire new economic age to those nations who were once in the firm grip of Marxism.
These Trioka super–heroes do not comprehend how economies function. The IMF in particular sees only exports and ignored virtually all other aspects of the economy. Under their view, Germany is the champion and Greece is the laggard. Since they do not see Greece as a competitive exporter, they wrongly see its economy as weak and structurally inferior.
It has been this very image created in their narrow minds that convinces them that their official policy focusing upon the current account of Greece is the correct one. Therefore, the policy they have imposed upon Greek people without mercy has been one of demanding internal devaluation, wage cuts, tax increases and spending cuts. The Troika cannot understand what they are doing to Greece as a nation and its politicians are equally stupid for ignoring the cries of the people against this policy of austerity.
It was David Ricardo who stated that nations should exploit their comparative advantages. What the Trioka does not see, is that Greece is still the largest Merchant Shipping nation in the world with Japan coming in second. It might be nice that Germany exports goods, but it is the Greeks who deliver them. The Greeks have the largest fleet in the world with some 46,948 ships as of 2010. The Greek hold almost 17% of the entire world merchant shipping and without that, the EU would find its exports collapse. Yet this amounts to only about 160,000 sailors constituting nearly 5% of the total GDP of the nation. Greece is located along one of the world’s busiest international shipping lanes – the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean – and at the crossroad between three continents. This makes it a natural gateway for trade between Asia and Central Europe
As foreign loans are given to Greece, that money is recorded in the Capital Account. However, ALL interest the Trioka is demanding be paid by Greece moves through the Current Account thereby increasing the very statistic they follow demanding more and more austerity. They do not understand their own statistic game.
Against this backdrop, looking at Greece, we see a domestic VA content of exports at 77% in 2009, which is well above average. Diving deeper into the numbers, what emerges is a reflection of Greece’s specialization in services exports. This breaks down into transport and tourism-related services. Comparing 2009 to 1995, the share of transport services has almost tripled while that of tourism related services has decreased by about one third and has been impacted by the decline in Russian tourists.
Greece’s greatest impediment is its extremely bureaucratic government. While it took 20 days to get clearance for export activities in 2010, the Doing Business report 2013 reports that clearance can now be obtained in 16 days. This type of regulation that is really paying fees and rubber-stamping slows the economy down and makes Greece uncompetitive in that respect. This is further impacted by the Trioka’s narrow focus on trade without grasping trade and capital flows.
The Greek Government on Monday must choose between its own livelihood of its people or these brain-dead vision of austerity that support the bondholders. This is building to force into reality either a change in the thinking process of the leadership in the EU or to continue with this current policy which will eventually force a Greek exist of the Euro (Grexit) that will ultimately set off a contagion. Once others see that the Greek economy bounces back rapidly upon exiting the Euros, others will soon follow leading to the destruction of the Trioka and the EU.
Indeed, the evidence clearly demonstrates that the 1932 low came into play with rumors that there would be a dollar devaluation. The bank runs set in motion failures everywhere with more than 3,000 banks collapsing and this was a GOLD STANDARD. Those who think a return to a gold standard will end fractional banking are really living a false reality. If Greece leaves, its assets will begin to rise but at first there will be a contagion.
The elimination of paper money is effectively the modern day version of confiscating gold coins. They seek to prevent a bank run by outlawing paper money. This indeed would prevent you from staging a run on the bank for there would be no way to take your money out. This is the Trioka’s latest answer rather than consider they just might be wrong.
Full article: Monday’s EU Summit & Trioka’s Misguided View of Greece (Armstrong Economics)