IREF - Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal issues
Fiscal competition and economic freedom
Despite being bombed by information, it seems we have forgotten the roots of the debt crisis. Instead we play a martingale game, where the only precaution after losing a round is to double the bet for the next one. The solution is not called EFSM, EFSF, ESM, SMP, OMT or banking union. These are just different names for a single problem: diluted responsibility. Unless we find a way to make local politicians pay locally for local promises, the euro project will be always in trouble.
Creating even a bigger common pie by deeper integration and shared responsibility is the core of the problem, not its solution, writes IREF Fellow Richard Durana, Director of the Institute of Economic and Social Studies (Slovakia). }}