One Currency, No Leaders

The virtue of the gold standard was that countries with trade surpluses saw their gold holdings rise, which increased their money supply, raised prices and reduced exports. Conversely, countries that ran deficits lost gold, which caused their money supply to decline, pushing prices down and boosting exports. Today, euro-using Germany runs chronic surpluses, yet won’t tolerate the necessary inflation, making recovery for the euro-using Club-Med countries unnecessarily difficult.

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