The European bailout – divvying up the burden

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This post is a guest contribution by Asha Bangalore, economist of The Northern Trust  Company.

The European bailout, late but inevitable, is a package bearing imprints of largesse from the entire world. The Petersen Institute of International Economics estimates the setback that each country will experience (see table below). The numbers are more than a pittance and the pinch occurs in the midst of several of these altruistic nations facing crises themselves.

Table 1 is a list of the cost of the European bailout but the true picture of debt is a complicated matrix of debt ridden industrialized nations hoping to solve the current economic challenges by a combination of economic growth and a likely scenario of higher taxes and/or cost cutting measures.

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Source: Asha Bangalore, Northern Trust – Daily Global Commentary, May 14, 2010.

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1 comment to The European bailout – divvying up the burden

  • Its a bit ironic that poor countries like Latvia and others which are facing massive deflation and unemployment being forced to fund richer countries like Greece

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