Ein Fall von Unintended Consequence

“….As troika officials sweat into their suits at the height of a Cypriot summer, they may argue that this scale of economic contraction wasn’t part of the design. But they are discovering another unintended consequence.
Back in March, politicians from the euro zone’s creditor nations—with bailout-weary voters breathing down their necks—pushed the bail-in idea, declaring they didn’t intend to use taxpayer money to rescue Russian oligarchs who they alleged were hiding their money in the island’s banks.
Based on available data, about half of the deposits in the Bank of Cyprus belonged to non-EU interests, many of which were believed to be Russian. Most of the individual depositors were Cypriots, but the few foreign depositors had far more money in the bank.
The bail-in plan will take away part of these deposits and give their owners equity in the new, healthier and leaner bank. A significant share of the bank thus looks likely to end up in Russian hands.
While protesting it didn’t want to aid the oligarchs—suspecting them of money laundering and other questionable business—the euro zone may have managed to hand them a large slice of the biggest bank in a member state…” (Quelle: “Wallstreet Journal”)

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