The emphasis on fiscal austerity and tight monetary policy had been undertaken on behalf of the creditor, to protect against their mistakes in lending. This caused an economic stranglehold, nearly continuously since July 2007, curtailing economic growth and placing banks in a fragile condition.
Key learning objectives:
What were the fiscal constraints imposed on European countries?
Identify the views of creditors and debtors on the austerity measures
What was the impact of austerity?
Who was to blame?