In yet another step deeper into the theater of the politically absurd, Euro Intelligence reports EU competition commissioner Michel Barnier wants to prohibit rating debt of countries in EFSF rescue programs.

The degree of confusion and desperation among eurozone policymakers is reaching new heights. EU competition commissioner Michel Barnier wants to prohibit ratings for countries which are part of an EFSF rescue program, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports. In a speech in Paris he argued that they enjoyed European solidarity and that they were under the watch of the EU and the IMF.

Barnier asked the Polish EU presidency to put the topic on the agenda of the next finance minister’s meeting. All economists interrogated by the paper thought Barnier’s proposal was absurd.

Cardiac Arrest

The actual lead to that Euro Intelligence report is “Hallo, anybody there? Eurozone about to suffer a cardiac arrest

In the absence of a policy response, the eurozone’s financial system may implode within a few days.

El Pais’ front page story ran with the headline that Europe was close to the abyss. The paper writes in an editorial that Germany, the Netherland, Finland and Austria stood in the way towards a solution of the crisis, and accused politicians in these countries to react hysterically.

The translated El Pais article Italy and Spain are close to the abyss does not say anything you have not seen elsewhere. However, it is interesting to see mainstream newspapers discussing “the abyss”.

For a recap of Monday’s panic, please see

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