18 Sep '11, 3am

Eurozone debt crisis not a conspiracy

PARIS: The eurozone debt crisis is exposing an unshakable link between governments and tumultuous markets with central banks often in the high-drama role of last-minute saviours when things go terribly wrong, analysts say. Shaken, politicians are often quick to blame market turmoil on shifty speculators obeying mysterious masters conspiring for the fall of the eurozone. But in this prolonged match between politics and high finance, economists and marketplace analysts offer a different explanation. Rene Defossez, strategist at Natixis bank said the highs and lows on stock exchanges have more prosaic reasons, ones that often involved action by governments. He pointed to the insistence this week by the European Commission to keep eurobonds on the agenda as one reason investors have not lost faith. Despite firm opposition by powerhouse Germany, markets are in favour of a new d...

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