Eurozone Refuses To Collapse Right Away

Despite constant predictions of calamity–some made by U.S. conservatives who are willing to trade a stock market plunge for a blow to Obama’s re-election campaign–the Eurozone keeps hanging in there. As you may know, last week the president of the European Central Bank formally announced a plan to aggressively intervene in the bond markets of financially troubled countries to keep borrowing rates from skyrocketing (with conditions involving austerity policies, of course). Earlier this week a German Constitutional Court eliminated a potential legal impediment to that country’s critical involvement in the scheme. And then just yesterday, two pro-Europe “centrist” parties (the center-left Labor Party and the center-right Liberals) won parliamentary elections in the Netherlands, doing much better than expected.

If Ben Bernanke comes through later today with a commitment to undertake a third round pf “quantitative easing” to stimulate the economy, we’ll probably see a real if modest stock market boom, and the best short-term economic prospects in quite a while.

UPDATE: Joshua Tucker has a deeper take on the Dutch elections at The Monkey Cage.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.