- What the ECB is doing to Greek banks is outrageous!
by Tomas Hirst, http://www.businessinsider.com/
The European Central Bank (ECB) is threatening to withdraw emergency funding from Greek banks if the Greek government doesn’t do what it wants.
The central bank’s actions toward Greece occur less than two months after secret letters revealed that the ECB threatened to pull emergency funding from Irish banks if the state did not apply for a bailout, in what many saw as an overreach into the sovereign affairs of the country. The ECB later pretended that Ireland had applied for its bailout voluntarily. The letters revealed that in fact the ECB had required the Irish government to apply.
It is one thing for the ECB to require individual banks to follow certain technical rules to maintain their liquidity. It is quite another for the ECB to pressure a government by threatening an entire nation’s banks with a sudden default by yanking their liquidity en masse.
That’s what is going on now with Greece.
The new Greek government, led by the left-wing Syriza party, is attempting to renegotiate the terms of its bailout deal with the so-called Troika. The Troika consists of the ECB, the European Commission, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).