The financial establishment have labelled Mario Draghi’s tenure a disaster for Europe – they might be right

The outgoing European Central Bank president has come under fire for imposing zero interest rates, an ultra-easy money policy that has done more harm than good

Hamish McRae@TheIndyBusiness
Sunday 06 October 2019 22:36
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Mario Draghi saved the euro but massively damaged the Eurozone economy
Mario Draghi saved the euro but massively damaged the Eurozone economy

When central bankers are in office they are frequently regarded as heroes. After they retire, their reputation slips, sometimes disastrously. And so I predict it will be with Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, after he hands over to Christine Lagarde at the end of this month.

Draghi will be remembered for one phrase: “Whatever it takes.” He said it on 26 July 2012 in a speech in London, when the euro was in danger of breaking up. Bond yields of the weaker countries were soaring, the Eurozone was back in recession, and most market commentators could see no way in which the euro could be saved.

This was the full quote: “Within our mandate, the ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. And believe me, it will be enough.”

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