The ‘de rigueur’ expression used by the majority of pundits when discussing the tactics of Politicians and the various Sovereign debt problems is:

“They have kicked the can down the road”

They mean by this, “they have pushed the problem away, but fundamentally it still exists”.

The problem is that as you travel further down the road you reach the can again.

The Greek election on the 17th June is just such a moment.

The Greeks are in a που είναι επιζήμια και για τις δυο πλευρές (no win) situation. Vote to stay in the Euro = pain; vote to leave the Euro = pain.

Plainly their best case scenario is to stay in, and have the debt written off (officially, as they have no hope of repaying it as anyone who can count knows) gradually with an easing of the requirements for fiscal austerity.

It must be remembered that if Greece had a currency of its own, its value would have fallen a lot against the major currencies. So if a German Bank was holding Greek sovereign debt which was repaid at ‘par’ in Drachmas it would still have a significant loss when it converted the repayment back into Euros.

However the Greek cake is cut, it’s in a mess and money (lots of money) has been lost.

So what happens if the Greeks vote for anti-Euro parties in sufficient numbers?


The markets will panic because the can can’t be kicked; the problem has to be faced.

If the Greeks vote to stay in then markets will bounce higher; that can has been hoofed again.

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