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Italy Openly Discusses Euro Exit In Parliament: Debt Restructuring Or "Italeave" On The Way?

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 Ukshep    24,164

In Europe, where it is essentially taboo to publicly discuss anything deemed politically incorrect, some interesting conversations are taking place in the Italian parliament regarding the future of Italy in the eurozone.

Via email, Eurointelligence asks Is Italy heading for debt restructuring or euro exit?

We are reporting from an important conference in Rome yesterday that has caught the Italian news headlines this morning – on the future of Italian public debt. It was organized by the Five Star Movement, held in the Italian chamber of deputies, and openly discussed issues such default mechanism inside the eurozone, sovereign debt restructuring mechanisms, parallel payment systems, and of course euro exit.

I have noted before that all of Italy’s major political parties with the exception of Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party have flirted with or actively support leaving the Euro.

The path to Italeave is a difficult one, requiring a referendum and a constitutional change, but trouble is brewing on a huge number of fronts simultaneously:

  • The Italian banking system is insolvent
  • Another refugee crisis is brewing (this time via boats from Libya)
  • Italy’s youth unemployment is a whopping 37%
  • The ECB is the buyer of only resort for Italian bonds
  • Italy’s debt to GDP ratio is over 130% to the consternation of Eurozone officials
  • The global recovery is extremely long in the tooth
  • Italy made no progress during the recovery
  • The topic of Italeave is no longer taboo

Any number of things could start a chain reaction making Italeave look good to a majority of Italian voters.


Another nation looking like it may align to the right!

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