Controlar os bancos
Londres lidera a batalha contra os exagerados bónus atribuídos pelos bancos aos seus gestores e líderes de todo o mundo discutem, agora, formas de acabar com as práticas dos bancos que provocaram a actual crise financeira. Como escreve a Der Spiegel, consideram ao mesmo tempo formas dos bancos compensarem os danos que provocaram:
[…] In the CBS interview, Obama angrily addressed the bankers, saying: “You guys are drawing down $10 (million), $20 million bonuses after America went through the worst economic year that it’s gone through in decades, and you guys caused the problem.”
It is the high salaries, in particular, that draw the rage of politicians and citizens alike. And they have precipitated a global debate about how a stop can be put to the way bankers operate. How can they be forced to assume fewer risks? And how the people that caused the crisis be forced to bear more of its costs?
Still, all of the efforts that politicians have made to regulate the financial markets at the international level haven’t borne much fruit. Now, Great Britain, of all places, is surging ahead with a special tax of 50 percent. And there’s no doubt that it has something to do with the fact that Prime Minister Gordon Brown might be ushered out of office by elections scheduled for early next year. Soon after Brown’s announcement, French President Nicolas Sarkozy got on the bandwagon and annnounced that his country would follow the British example.
This push for reform is just as contested as all the other proposals. These include a tax on transactions (which Merkel favors) and a kind of obligatory insurance on risky deals. If they ever really got past the drawing board, these kinds of instruments could transform the entire financial industry. […]
Rob Rogers, «Pittsburgh Post-Gazette»