Geithner off-the-record: O Draghijevem blefiranju in ostalih stvareh

Nekdanji ameriški finančni minister Timothy Geither je letos objavil knjigo Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises o svojem videnju kriznega dogajanja. Včeraj je Financial Times objavil izvlečke iz “leaked Geithner files” – 100 strani transkriptov Geithnerjevih intervjujev z asistenti, ki so pripravljali njegovo knjigo. Medtem ko je knjiga primerno spolirana in diplomatska, so transkripti, hm, precej manj rahločutni in direktni. Denimo opis dogajanja okrog Draghijeve izjave “whatever it takes” iz julija 2012, s katero je dejansko rešil evro in Evropo. Izjava je bila čisti blef, saj Draghi ni imel niti soglasja ostalih članov ECB boarda, niti ECB takrat ni imel instrumentov, s katerimi bi lahko rešil evro. Draghi, sprovociran z dramatičnim položajem in s vprašanji predstavnikov finančne industrije v Londonu, je izjavo dodal v napisan govor povsem na koncu in na lastno pest. Finančni trgi so mu verjeli in ECB-ju nikoli ni bilo treba v ta namen potrošiti niti centa.

Zanimivi so tudi ostali deli, predvsem moralika o tem, kako je treba uničiti lažnive in grešne Grke ali zakulisje okrog odstavitve Berlusconija. Ozadja so vedno bolj zanimiva od zunanjih podob. Kajti ozadja poganjajo kasnejši razvoj stvari. Zanimivo branje.

Geithner: [T]hings deteriorated again dramatically in the summer which ultimately led to him saying in August, these things I would never write, but he off-the-cuff – he was in London at a meeting with a bunch of hedge funds and bankers. He was troubled by how direct they were in Europe, because at that point all the hedge fund community thought that Europe was coming to an end. I remember him telling me [about] this afterwards, he was just, he was alarmed by that and decided to add to his remarks, and off-the-cuff basically made a bunch of statements like ‘we’ll do whatever it takes’. Ridiculous.

Interviewer: This was just impromptu?

Geithner: Totally impromptu…. I went to see Draghi and Draghi at that point, he had no plan. He had made this sort of naked statement of this stuff. But they stumbled into it.

Vir: Financial Times

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