Wed Nov 9th, 2011 at 05:16:22 AM EST
From the Irish Examiner
EUROPEAN Central Bank council member Jens Weidmann said the ECB cannot bail out governments by printing money.
"One of the severest forms of monetary policy being roped in for fiscal purposes is monetary financing, in colloquial terms also known as the financing of public debt via the money printing press," Weidmann, who heads Germany’s Bundesbank, said in a speech in Berlin yesterday.
The prohibition of monetary financing in the euro area "is one of the most important achievements in central banking" and "specifically for Germany, it is also a key lesson from the experience of hyperinflation after World War I," he said.
Words fail me.