Nigel Farage vs. Bernard Kouchner on the future of the euro

Raleigh Addington
Raleigh Addington
editor at Chartwell Speakers

Yesterday we had UKIP Leader Nigel Farage MEP debating the future of the Eurozone and EU with Bernard Kouchner (French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs 2007-2010, and founder of Médecins Sans Frontières).

Neither man was going to agree with one another, but their discussion generated light as well as heat and an audience of international investors certainly got a 360 degree view of Europe’s current crisis, and the EU’s strengths and weaknesses.

Both men agreed that a deal more can-kicking was more likely than a decisive resolution to the sovereign debt crisis. But the danger of the can-kicking-down-road metaphor, as commentators are increasingly observing, is that eventually you run out of road. Here’s the most recent (17 September) Economist leader on the subject: “The euro has reached the point where nobody is going to get what they want – something that needs to be spelled out to the Germans more than anybody … For the ECB to stand behind the less prudent nations may be unwelcome to Germans; but letting the euro fall to bits is much, much worse”.

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