Don’t worry, we can always lease Heathrow to the Russians…

The government of Iceland is using the threat of a €4 bn loan from Russia in exchange for a 99-year lease on the airport at Keflavik – a former American air base – as leverage to obtain financial support from the West.  This is high-stakes poker -not without risk to Iceland, if their bluff is called.  I would have securitised the future revenues from hydro and geo-thermal power generation before bringing on the Red Army.  It does show, however, that there may be more collateralisable assets  around for governments to draw on than one might have thought.  Good news for Chancellor Darling.

Maverecon: Willem Buiter

Willem Buiter's blog ran until December 2009. This blog is no longer active but it remains open as an archive.

Professor of European Political Economy, London School of Economics and Political Science; former chief economist of the EBRD, former external member of the MPC; adviser to international organisations, governments, central banks and private financial institutions.

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