Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Déjà vu all over again

"On a tout essayé," Mitterrand said about policies to combat unemployment 25 years ago. But that doesn't mean one can't keep trying the same things over and over again, and passing them off as new:

Mais à y regarder de plus près, une bonne partie des mesures annoncées n'est pas nouvelle, soit parce qu'elle a déjà fait l'objet d'un discours de Nicolas Sarkozy, soit car il s'agit d'une mesure déjà mise en place, puis abandonnée, et dont il annonce le retour.

Eichengreen: European Banks in Trouble

An interview with Barry Eichengreen:

Eichengreen: Europe's banks are in far greater danger than people realize. Most people now understand that last year's stress tests didn't tell us much. The tests were a token gesture and lacked realistic scenarios. They completely ignored the liquidity risks that banks could face. Regulators will not be allowed to get away with that this time. However, what would put my mind at rest more would be if the responsibility for carrying out the stress tests went to the European Commission. National regulators are too susceptible to pressure from the regulated.