Leaders of the world’s largest economies met in Mexico this week for the G-20 summit, where talks about Europe’s fiscal crisis topped the agenda. European Union leaders offered a plan to integrate its banking sectors, which should help stimulate growth and lessen the cost of borrowing for EU countries. Senior Fellow Domenico Lombardi weighs in on the talks, saying the house is on fire and a solid plan to deal with the fundamental issues of the crisis is in order. If the euro area crisis is left unchecked, Lombardi says, it could bring down the entire global system.
My biggest concern is that Washington is signaling to Russia that it’s OK to meddle in the politics of sovereign nations which are your neighbors. Meddling is going on from Paris to Ukraine, from east to west and north to south, within Europe and at its borders, and always with the intent of undermining the credibility and effectiveness of democratic institutions. And it is being either denied or downplayed.