Anfa must be revealed and ended

Last week’s „discovery“ of the secret Agreement on Net Financial Assets (Anfa) that seemingly even ECB President Mario Draghi was not quite aware of (or he was ad subsequently was embarrassed by being caught), showed that matters at the core of the Eurosystem are rotten.

Anfa shows three things: First, some people in the ECB Council must be explained that public trust and transparency are modern central banks only working instruments; second, the decision-making process in the ECB council is in effect worthless; and last, even technocratic expert gremium need either checks and balances or must be greatly curtailed in their freedoms.

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