ECB President Jen-Claude Trichet insists Greek debt will not be restructured. However, doubts persists in Germany as Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble Warns on Greek Debt.
"Germany warned that deficit-scarred Greece might need more financial relief, reviving European debt concerns just as Portugal seeks an 80 billion-euro ($116 billion) aid package," writes Bloomberg
"German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said it is unclear whether Greece, the root of the year-old debt crisis, will need another cut in its bailout rate or a further extension of repayment terms to return to fiscal health."
Trichet's "Solid Plan" in Question
Trichet may have a "solid plan" but the market sure does not think much of it.
Greek 10-Year Yield 12.859%
Portuguese 10-Year Yield 8.663%
Irish 10-Year Yield 9.24%
German 10-Year Yield 3.481%
Iceland's Common Sense Stance
The market does not seem to believe Jean-Claude Trichet and neither do I.
Moreover, if governments in Greece, Ireland, and Portugal were to put default to a vote, I am quite certain their voters would react as they did in Iceland.
For details please see Icelandic Voters Reject "Icesave" Again, Effectively Telling UK and Netherlands Banks "Go to Hell"; Iceland's Common Sense Stance
Icelandic voters want no part of "Icesave". Even the name "IceSave" is preposterous. Iceland was save by the fact voters rejected "Icesave". Icelanders would have been debt-slaves for decades had they accepted the original terms.
How many times do citizens have to say no? Hopefully voters give Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir a well deserved boot in the next election.
Moreover, Iceland needs to rethink why it would want to be part of the Eurozone in the first place. I suggest Iceland put the Euro to another vote.
Finally, I am really disappointed in the wimps in Ireland. They should put Ireland's "reverse bailout" to a vote as well. I can guarantee the results in advance.
Banks that make stupid loans should suffer for them, not taxpayers. So far, Iceland is the only country that has taken this common-sense stance.
Trichet has his plan. However, the market seems to have a decidedly different plan.
The pertinent Eurozone issue however, is when the citizens of Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain get fed up with austerity measures and bailouts of German, French, and UK banks, then demand sovereign debt haircuts or restructuring.
When that happens, and it will (timing is unknown), the arrogant "we do exclude restructuring" statement of Trichet will be meaningless.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock
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