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C'mon mig, we need more analysis here.  Cowen sold this as being almost risk free and that Ireland was merely lending the banks its "good name" and would extract a commercial charge for the service.  Given all the "good names" which have disappeared in recent times in the banking/insurance sectors, that is not a very reassuring position to be in.

Is there some implicit underwriting to the effect that the EU/Eurozone wouldn't let Ireland go bust?  I could see this as becoming a very serious and central issue for the EU - perhaps requiring another Treaty - or a revamp of Lisbon to address.  When was the last time a nation defaulted on its sovereign debt - Germany/ Argentina/ (African countries?)

It seems to me we are redefining the role of the state here - into something that is neither free market capitalist nor socialist  - and which has the potential to do great harm - but also perhaps some good if managed correctly.  

Whatever the logic, we have to look at the consequences - and ET should be able to get there ahead of the MSM.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri Oct 3rd, 2008 at 08:36:22 AM EST
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