Monday, February 22, 2010


WSJ--Concerns that Greece and other struggling European nations may not be able to repay their debts are focusing investor attention on another big worry: Economies across the Continent have used toxic financial transactions—sometimes in secret—to hide the true size of their debts and deficits.

Investors long turned a blind eye to European governments' aggressive bookkeeping, aimed at meeting the euro zone's fiscal ceilings. Countries using the euro currency have a rich history of exotic maneuvers aimed at meeting rules requiring members to cap debt levels at 60% of their gross domestic product and their annual budget deficits to no more than 3%. Despite criticism, European leaders deemed many of these reckless moves acceptable as they sought the long-planned currency union.

Contrast this with the Federal Reserve's money printing operation, a paradigm of fiscal opacity.

"Do not arouse the wrath of the great and powerful OZ!

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