By Alen Mattich
European governments are unlikely to reach a consensus on how to respond to their domestic banking problems. Some are likely to do everything they can to encourage a private-sector recapitalization. Others will use public funds. And still others will stand back, hoping the European Central Bank comes up with something.
What’s almost certain is that it will create further strain within the euro zone. Tensions over whether further lending to Greece can be collateralized are “just a foretaste of how serious the friction could be” once the issue turns to bank rescues, especially if a country feels it is disadvantaged by another, Monument Securities’ Mr. Lewis adds.
The post-Lehman banking crisis could yet prove to have been just the foreshock.