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Verhofstadt: Europe is addressing the symptoms instead of the causes of the crisis in the eurozone


25 Nov 2010


Euro & Finance
EU Priorities 2020

"The eurozone is going through turbulent times but Ireland is not the problem. Nor is Greece or Portugal. Of course these countries have a problem of credibility affecting their banks, their budget, or their trade balance. But elsewhere in the world there are also similar problems such as Japan (200%), the US or the UK but they have a credible economic governance and an image of unity," said Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Liberals and Democrats in the European Parliament during today's debate in Strasbourg.

"Europe is addressing the symptoms rather than the causes of the economic crisis."

"If the President of the Central Bank, Jean-Claude Trichet, expresses concern that the proposals for strengthening the stability and growth pact are not robust enough, we should take the matter seriously. Parliament must support the European Commission in standing up for a bolder Pact with genuine automatic sanctions for those refusing to correct their excessive deficits or curtail their public debt, real economic convergence and supported by a unified European bond market."
"Let's turn the current situation into an opportunity and start using article 136 of the Lisbon Treaty." he concluded.

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