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So either Germany gives up its current account surplus or ...
No, its the other way around: we have to give up trade deficits.
The surplus country has policy space, the deficit country doesn't. Therefore it's the surplus country that has agency. Especially in a fixed exchange rate regime.

If the surplus country won't play ball, the fixed exchange rate system breaks down. The story of the past, I don't know, 150 years?

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 11th, 2013 at 08:14:56 AM EST
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