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Intra-eurosystem debts

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Germany is a reluctant supporter of the EU funds which are being used in the ‘bailout’ of Ireland, and it insists on strict ‘austerity’ conditions, concerned about risk and moral hazard. However, through its central bank, Germany is lending €325bn (December 2010) to other central banks in the eurosystem. The Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) has borrowed €146bn from the eurosystem in order to support its banks. This ‘bailout’ of Ireland via the eurosystem is larger than its official EU ‘bailout’ (€146bn as against €67bn) and much cheaper (1% interest as against 5.8%), but it exposes Germany to similar risks.

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  • Whittaker, John, 2011. "Intra-eurosystem debts," MPRA Paper 38368, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:38368
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    1. Hans-Werner Sinn & Timo Wollmershäuser, 2012. "Target loans, current account balances and capital flows: the ECB’s rescue facility," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 19(4), pages 468-508, August.
    2. Buiter, Willem H. & Rahbari, Ebrahim, 2012. "Target2 Redux: The simple accountancy and slightly more complex economics of Bundesbank loss exposure through the Eurosystem," CEPR Discussion Papers 9211, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    3. Silvia Merler & Jean Pisani-Ferry, 2012. "Sudden Stops in the Euro Area," Review of Economics and Institutions, Università di Perugia, vol. 3(3).
    4. Christian Fahrholz & Andreas Freytag, 2011. "Whither the TARGET2 System? Taking a Glance at the Real Economic Facets of the Euro-Area Debt Crisis," Applied Economics Quarterly (formerly: Konjunkturpolitik), Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, vol. 57(1), pages 15-25.
    5. Jörg Bibow, 2013. "The Euroland crisis and Germany's euro trilemma," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(3), pages 360-385, May.
    6. Whittaker, John, 2011. "Eurosystem debts, Greece, and the role of banknotes," MPRA Paper 38406, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    eurozone operations; TARGET2;

    JEL classification:

    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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