There have been definite signs of progress this week on European sovereign debt. The ECB is pressing governments to get “ahead of the markets” and come up with a comprehensive solution to the crisis in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, there is talk that Germany may have at last decided that its own narrow national interest would be best served by agreeing to a larger and more generous package of European support for the troubled nations.
Although the optimists may be over-stating the degree to which German thinking has actually changed, something is clearly afoot. For the first time since the crisis started last May, there is a chance that the EU could surprise the markets with a coherent response to the problem. Read more