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Frank Schnittger:
There is a view in Ireland that we are seriously pissing off all the people who matter in the EU and that they will be doing us no favours when the next Government is formed.
What, by telling Trichet he's a civil servant and not a politician?

What's left of central bank independence? | willem buiter's maverecon | Blog by Professor of European Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science - FT.com

President Trichet of the ECB is already so far down the road of telling governments what to do and what not to do in the fiscal and structural reform domains, that one is hardly surprised by yet another lecture on budgetary policy from the Eurotower.  Traditionally, continental European central bankers speak very little about monetary policy in public, and are often unwilling to engage in public debate or answer questions about their monetary duties, but carry on endlessly about budgetary and structural reform matters.  It's always easier to speak about things you have no responsibility for, that are not part of your mandate and about which you probably don't know very much.

Keynesianism is intellectually hard, as evidenced by the inability of many trained economists to get it - Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Feb 7th, 2011 at 08:46:07 AM EST
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