Monday, 6 October 2008

Leaders 'Don't Grasp Scale of the Abyss Facing EU'

The EU's failure to agree a unified strategy to tackle the financial crisis shows that its leaders don't grasp how serious it is, write German commentators. It's time for politicians to stop blaming the bankers and to realize that at this point, only the state can avert a very dangerous crisis of confidence.

... German editorial page writers say it's no longer enough for politicians to point the finger of blame for the crisis at bank managers. The current escalation of the problem isn't due to reckless speculation and poor risk management, they argue, but rather the threat of a systemic crisis that is undermining confidence in the entire banking system and preventing banks from lending each other money.

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