Italy Gives ECB An Ultimatum: “Guarantee” Bond Spreads Or “Euro Will Be Dismantled”

Italy Gives ECB An Ultimatum: “Guarantee” Bond Spreads Or “Euro Will Be Dismantled”

13-08-18 03:08:00,

While the world remains focused on ground zero of the latest emerging markets crisis, Turkey, and whether contagion from its plunging currency will further pressure global assets, a new – well old – threat has emerged.

In an unexpectedly sharp attack on the ECB, in two separate posts on Twitter, Claudio Borghi who is the euroskeptic head of the budget committee in Italy’s lower house, stressed that not only is Italy’s spread with German bonds widening, but also the ones of other nations like Spain are doing so. He added that “either the ECB will provide a guarantee or the Euro will be dismantled” as “there is no third option.”

Vediamo se oggi cominciano ad accorgersi che salgono anche gli spread di Spagna e c. e che solo un fesso poteva pensare che con BC inattiva potesse salire solo lo spread di un paese?

— Claudio Borghi A. (@borghi_claudio) August 13, 2018

Io sono sereno come l’arcobaleno… ormai credo che il meccanismo sia innescato. O arriverà la garanzia Bce o si smantellerà tutto… Non vedo terze vie.

— Claudio Borghi A. (@borghi_claudio) August 13, 2018

Commenting on the interview, several sellside desks have cautioned that this seems like something the ECB is unlikely to do as it represents a destabilizing stance and is thus bearish for the EUR.

Claudio Borghi, the euroskeptic head of the budget committee in Italy’s lower house

In a subsequent interview, moments after his tweet, Borghi said that “there cannot be a system at the mercy of market movements” without any shields by the central bank – in other words, Borghi appears to be very much against a free and efficient market in which price discovery is allowed especially on such assets as Italian bonds – and noted that “it is significant that an external event like Turkey that has nothing to do with Italy unleashes such an effect.”

Borghi warned about the upcoming end of the ECB’s QE which as we noted previously has been the sole buyer of Italian debt, and whose absence threatens to send Italian bond yields sharply higher: “Nowadays there is a system that has a residual amount of quantitative easing,

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