Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Greece issue : more Geo-political than Economic

Is the worst over for the Eurozone? Greece's debt problem is a recurring issue, do you see Greece exiting the European Union?

Marc Faber : The Greece thing is being swept under the carpet. The problems had begun early on and by 2010 the credit outstanding was so large that it would have been very damaging for the banking system in Europe in case they would have written off. But, in my opinion, they should have written off at that time. Greece should have been kicked out of the European Union or some other political solution should have been found at that time. Instead, lenders gave more and more money. Greece's economy is not big enough to support $300-billion worth of foreign debt. There is also a geo-political angle to the Greece crisis. The hardliners in the US are very much aware that if Greece leaves the EU, then the Russians will be knocking on the door of Greece or the Chinese will establish naval bases in Greece; remember, Greece is part of the NATO. The Greece issue is more a political thing than economic. Economically, it's very clear that Greece will not be able to pay its debts.
- via The Economic Times of India

Marc Faber is an international investor known for his uncanny predictions of the stock market and futures markets around the world.Dr. Doom also trades currencies and commodity futures like Gold and Oil.

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