German target2 imbalances exceed levels hit in the Eurozone crises in 2012. Things improved considerably after ECB president Mario Draghi made his famous statement “Within our mandate, the ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro. And believe me, it will be enough”.
The ECB claims this action is due to its bond-buying program. I strongly disagree.
Finally, note that Italy is on ECB life support. Should Draghi halt QE asset purchases, demand for Italian bonds will plunge. For discussion, please see Draghi’s Dilemma: Eurozone Inflation Hits 2% with Italy on Bond Life Support.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock