Whittaker, John (2011): Eurosystem debts, Greece, and the role of banknotes.
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The public debt of Greece to foreign governments, including debt to the EU/IMF loan facility and debt through the eurosystem, rose from €47.8bn to €180.5bn between January 2010 and September 2011. €17.1bn of the rise in eurosystem debt was due to an 86% increase in the Greek issue of euro banknotes.
If EU/IMF loans to Greece cease, they will be replaced by larger Greek borrowing from the eurosystem, for as long as Greece stays in the euro.
Eurozone governments would only escape from lending to Greece if access of the Bank of Greece to eurosystem credit were restricted. But this would impede the clearance of payments out of Greece, it would imply that cross-border payments by means of euro banknotes would also have to be restricted, and it would force Greece out of the euro.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Eurosystem debts, Greece, and the role of banknotes|
|Keywords:||eurozone operations; TARGET2;|
|Subjects:||E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E4 - Money and Interest Rates > E42 - Monetary Systems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System; Payment Systems
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E5 - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit > E58 - Central Banks and Their Policies
|Depositing User:||John Whittaker|
|Date Deposited:||28. Apr 2012 07:11|
|Last Modified:||14. Feb 2013 14:29|
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