Ireland can’t afford to bail out European banks

I think this point is worth highlighting more clearly. Below – Simon Johnson ex-CEO of the IMF – on who is owed money by the Irish banks

German banks are owed $139 billion, which is 4.2 percent of German G.D.P. British banks are owed $131 billion, or about 5 percent of Britain’s G.D.P. French banks are owed $43.5 billion, which is approaching 2 percent of French G.D.P. But the eye-catching numbers are for Belgium, which is owed $29 billion – in the relatively small Belgian economy, this accounts for around 5 percent of G.D.P.

We can all agree Irish banks were reckless in their lending. It is clear that Belgian, German and British banks were also reckless.

It is not the responsibility of Irish taxpayers to bail out these European banks.

Update: Also see the comment by Greenflag (on this thread) pointing out the issue of reckless lending by German banks appears to be largely ignored by the mainstream media.

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