European Central Bank pushes controversial program to buy troubled nations’ bonds

May 10, 2018
European Central Bank pushes controversial program to buy troubled nations’ bonds

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), recently outlined a proposal that would see his organization engage in purchases of troubled European Monetary Union (EMU) member governments’ bonds.

Draghi portrayed this program as an “effective backstop” that would allow the ECB to address “distortions” in international bond markets and avoid severe price stability issues.

However, countries would still need to request aid in order to receive it and participation in the bond purchasing program would come with strict conditions. Any government that requires extraordinary aid – in the form of bond purchases by the ECB – would be required to make certain domestic policy commitments, including sharply limited spending.

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