Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Euro break-up – the consequences by UBS

The Euro should not exist.

More specifically, the Euro as it is currently constituted – with its current
structure and current membership – should not exist. This Euro creates more
economic costs than benefits for at least some of its members – a fact that has
become painfully obvious to some of its participants in recent years.

The Global Economic Perspectives draws on the research UBS has published
over the past fifteen years looking at the issues surrounding the Euro and its
existence. If the Euro does not work (and it does not), then either the current
structure needs to change, or the current membership needs to change. Rather
than go through the options for keeping the Euro together (fiscal confederation
being the central idea, and our base case), we look at the consequences of
attempting to break up the Euro.