The Illicit Emperor of Europe
At the heart of the European Central Bank
“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: three men who, outside of any democratic process, occupied the throne of Emperor of Europe: President of the ECB. The Dutch Wim Duisenberg looks like Louis XV: a beloved king, but dilettante and clumsy little compatible with the exercise of power. The French Jean Claude Trichet: it is Charlemagne, the emperor of emperors. The Italian Mario Draghi shares common traits with Cesar Borgia: talented, intelligent, creative… but with a sometimes worrying dark side. In this biting book full of personal anecdotes, Jean François Bouchard scrutinizes the functioning of the ECB. Competent or incompetent? Too concerned with private interests? Insensitive to states and citizens? We know the answer of the Greeks: let Draghi visit Athens unescorted, and his guts will be used to hang him from the columns of the Parthenon. The author invites us to rethink the ECB, to inject it with counter-powers and allow the European economy to recover.
192 pages | ISBN: 9782315004911