Friday, 28 September 2012

Spanish Debt - an alternative solution

Given the overwhelming consensus view that Spain will have to go cap-in-hand to the ECB/EU/Troika and ask for a bailout one has to ask if there really is no alternative for EU member states that find themselves in a tight spot. Is it really necessary to impose the costs of any restructuring on the weakest members of society? Why not just impose a unilateral debt restructuring and let the creditors - domestic and foreign - carry a much larger burden of any restructuring? There is no reason why a country choosing to go down that route could not remain in the Eurozone, if anything such a radical measure would make it easier to remain in the Eurozone. Capital flight would be reduced as there would be less fear that an exit from the Eurozone would be imposed in order to solve the debt crisis.