Why Greece and Portugal ought to go bankrupt - FT.com

Why Greece and Portugal ought to go bankrupt - FT.com

Wolfgang Münchau, Financial Times 12 February 2012:

Two years ago, most European policymakers still believed that Greece would pull through. 

They lacked experience in managing financial crises. They did not even consult with policymakers in other parts of the world who had dealt with crises in previous decades.

Armed with ignorance and arrogance, they ended up repeating everyone else’s mistakes.

They thought they were clever when they came up with the idea of an expansionary fiscal contraction.

And they thought that a voluntary private sector involvement (PSI) could really help.

In some northern European capitals, policymakers are beginning to understand that the Greek programme has been an unmitigated failure.


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