The European Central Bank asked the Italian government to implement further austerity measures in return for buying its debt, its president Jean-Claude Trichet said in an interview on Tuesday.Armod for pengesedler. I hvilken verden kan et lands centralbank diktere økonomisk politik til regeringen?
The Corrierre della Sera newspaper first reported that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi received a “secret letter” from the ECB, insisting on tougher austerity measures to balance the country’s budget by 2013.
Trichet confirmed the existence of the letter in a French radio interview.
“We asked the Italian government to take a certain number of decisions, which have been taken, and in particular to speed up their return to a normal budgetary situation. We asked the same of the Spanish government.”
Det kan være, at det er et skintræk for at behage det tyske publikum, og brevet er blevet lækket med vilje. Men konceptet er sygt. Hvem har stemt på Trichet?