Euro Cup, Euro Crisis
Poor Germans, they seem destined to fight the rest of Europe, and occasionally the world.
As I expected the day of Spanish bank bailout, Greeks will ask for two years' extension in meeting the bailout conditions. Germans, for the nth time, refused.
It'd be a Black Swan if the European Union Summit on Thursday could produce anything meaningful; the infinitesimal chance has just been further diminished (ok, "higher order infinitesimal" for you math types) by the fact that the new Greek prime minister, Georgios Samaras, conveniently had a surgery that prevents him from attending, as noted in this article from Reuters. I don't expect the Greek delegate, led by the new foreign minister and the outgoing finance minister, to accomplish anything except timidly muttering the request and then quickly proceeding to get beaten up.
But Greece is so before semi-final; the market has moved on already. The 100-billion-euro rescue for Spanish banks lasted a few hours before the market saw through the utter meaninglessness of it. Now that Spanish officials have realized the market has realized the problem, they'll ask for not putting the bank rescue on the government books, which would put it on the European Financial Stability Facility's books, which would open a whole new can of political and credit-rating worms.
In the meanwhile, Italy's Monti was quoted in the Wall Street Examiner as saying Italy doesn't need a bailout, which of course means, just like Spain, they'll need one very soon.
The eurozone leaders just can't do anything right, can they? The problem, of course, is not that they are incompetent; I'm sure they're all very capable individuals. It's that the system is set up for failure -- no authority, no accountability, no responsibility.