It was heartening to see the start of the Stimulus in the Euro Area, formally commencing on 9th March, to the tune of 60 Billion Euros a month. This altogether will total One Trillion and 80 Billion Euros over the eighteen months to September 2016.
For the nineteen nations who are part of the Euro Area, and have chosen to have the Euro as their Mother Currency, having taken out of circulation their own previous currencies, this is great news. Now they will have adequate supply of the Euro to fulfil the needs of their populations. For the meantime,
I note that the Stimulus has been made available only to Public enterprises, I surmise that to mean government corporations such as muncipalties and public works departments.
It is also worth noting that President Mario Draghi confirmed that so far (since December to March) an early start was made exceptionally for Greece, who have been given 109 Billion Euros. This has certainly enabled Greece to honour her obligations on her debt, and helped Greece to avert the scenario of a default or exit from the Eurozone. Thank God, this has helped Europe avoid a totally unwanted situation, and kept the Euro's integrity safe. The Euro has started to strengthen on the markets, which seems to confirm this view.
Also noted from Mr Draghi's testimony was that inflation in the Euro Area is expected to be Zero percent for 2014 (which is great news, compared to a scenario of disinflation, which would have dampened the markets and impacted production, which would have needed to be reduced). The inflation figures forecast for 2016 is 1.6 percent, and for 2017 at 1.8 percent. This suggests policies will be in place for gradual growth.
Today I note that the allocation to Greece has been capped at 71 billion Euros; this seems the figure the ECB thinkers have calculated as being adequate. The other eighteen nations can also look forward to receiving support in proportion to their requirements in terms of size of population, demographic factors, etc, so that it would be fair to all the Eurozone members. And that is of course how it should be, in fairness.
My suggestion would be that they should consider backing the publicly quoted companies also, who may need the extra financial muscle to expand further. That would certainly create additional jobs, and help creation of wealth. As happened in the United States, they bailed out the huge corporations like GM and the major banks; they all returned the bailout funds, with capital growth, and themselves emerged as stronger companies, which are now thriving, helping to drive Recovery forward into an era of a greater Prosperity for all. I pray that such will also come about for Europe.
Hopefully Greece may be rescued without any burdensome terms and conditions, so that they may introduce reforms to their systems and create happiness for their people. The potential is there, latent, just waiting to be empowered. "Thou shalt be thy brothers' keeper". Those sentiments will always be reciprocated by Greece, as times improve.
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