From The Economic Collapse:
Would you pool your debt with a bunch of debt addicts that have no intention of reducing their wild spending habits? Of course you wouldn't. But that is exactly what Germany is being asked to do.
Increasingly, "eurobonds" are being touted as the best long-term solution to the financial crisis in Europe. These eurobonds would represent jointly issued debt by all 17 members of the eurozone. This debt would also be guaranteed by all 17 members of the eurozone.
This would allow all countries in the eurozone to enjoy the same credit rating that Germany does and borrowing costs for nations such as Greece, Portugal, Italy, and Spain would plummet.
But borrowing costs for Germany would rise substantially. In fact, it is being estimated that Germany could be facing an extra 50 billion euros a year in interest expenses. So over 10 years that would come to about 500 billion euros.
Needless to say, Germany is not thrilled about this idea. But new French President Francois Hollande is pushing eurobonds very hard, and he has the support of the OECD, the IMF and many top Italian politicians.
In the end, this could be the key to the future of the eurozone.
If the Germans give in and...
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