Die Fed hat zur Bekämpfung der durch das Coronavirus ausgelösten Wirtschaftskrise zahlreiche Notkreditprogramme aus der Taufe gehoben und greift damit in immer mehr Einzelmärkte ein. Diese Maßnahmen mögen angesichts einer beispiellosen Vollbremsung der Wirtschaft verständlich sein. Die Grenze zwischen Geld- und Fiskalpolitik wird allerdings immer mehr verwischt. Längerfristig gefährdet dies die Unabhängigkeit der Fed.
“If we don’t abide by the rules, the Eurozone is going to fall apart around us.“ (Wolfgang Schäuble)
Things have gone quiet with regard to the Euro. At the moment there are no acute crises. Hectic late-night meetings in Brussels, where bleary-eyed politicians scramble to save the EMU, no longer take place. Even Greece is currently neither a source of anxiety nor of dread. Even the impending Italian elections are thus far hardly disturbing financial markets. The Silvio Berlusconis and Beppe Grillos no longer seem so frightening. However, the Euro is far from being out of the woods. It is true that unemployment in the EMU is slowly declining, but it is still a concern. In particular, the future of the youth in the South still looks bleak. Government debt still isn’t looking good in many places. It is still far too high, with no improvement in sight. Structural reforms are delayed, a policy of austerity is on the blacklist, and redistribution is in fashion. And there is another cause for worry: the share of bad loans from banks is very high, with more in the South than in the North. The next recession could shake banks and mean trouble for their governments. The possibility of a vicious circle still can’t be ruled out. A good argument can be made for taking advantage of the currently calmer times to reform the EMU from top to bottom. The following catalogue of Ten Commandments outlines the major lines along which sustainable, truly rule-bound institutional reform should occur.