In November 1998, in an Op-Ed titled “Burning the bridges in Europe”, and that had to do with the fact there was no escape-route for the euro I also wrote: “That the European countries will subordinate their political desires to the whims of a common Central Bank that may be theirs but really isn’t, is not a certainty. Exchange rates, while not perfect, are escape valves. By eliminating this valve, European countries must make their economic adjustments in real terms. This makes these adjustments much more explosive.”
But, there is one huge piece of evidence that is ignored by most of those trying to explain the current troubles. That evidence is the “risk-weights”, the smoking-gun which we find in the hands of the butlers in charge of regulating the banks, and who have their quarters in the Basel Committee for Banking Supervision. Yes, it was some butlers who did the eurozone in!
If there is any place that deserves an occupation... that is Basel!