European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said Europe can surmount its sovereign debt crisis.
“Naturally the Europeans can manage the issue,” Trichet said in an interview with the Financial Times Deutschland, according to a transcript released by the Frankfurt-based ECB. “It is not a question of technique. It is a question of will and determination.”
Trichet said the euro is not in danger and remains “a highly credible currency.” He reiterated that the ECB will not accept as collateral bonds from a nation that defaults.
“If a country defaults, we can no longer accept as normal eligible collateral defaulted bonds issued by the government of that country,” Trichet said. “Because, in the eyes of the Governing Council, this would impair our ability to be an anchor of confidence and stability.”
In the event of a decision leading to a selective default or a default, “the governments would have to take care that the Eurosystem is presented collateral that it could accept,” he said.
Asked if German Chancellor Angela Merkel has acted too slowly during the crisis, Trichet replied: “Not in the least. I would see a discussion of this kind as being completely misplaced in the current situation.”
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