Simon Johnson criticizes the notion that the European Central Bank could make a massive loan to the International Monetary Fund, which would then turn around and lend to countries like Italy. “This is a bizarre notion” he writes.
Instead, “the ECB should provide financial support directly to Italy, if that is the goal.
But that goal increasingly seems both to be the only idea of officials and the last failed notion of a fading era. More bailouts and the reinforcement of moral hazard – protecting bankers and other creditors against the downside of their mistakes – is the last thing that the world’s financial system needs.”
The whole post (about Too Big to Fail banks ad how to cope with them) is well worth reading, here.