Is the Euro Doomed to Fail?

Focus: CURRENCY

Jack Ablin Image Jack Ablin CIO & Executive Vice President, BMO Private Bank

Despite the viability of a pan-European government, it may not be possible to maintain a currency union in its current form, says Jack Ablin of Harris Private Bank.

There's are all kinds of news about what's going on in Europe, and how that might affect the rest of the world. We're talking today with our guest, Jack Ablin, about that. Jack, you've done quite a bit of research into the historical perspective of what's going on in Europe. Tell us about that.

The history behind the European Union actually started right after World War II, where it was a devastating war, obviously, for those involved and tore so many countries apart. So, we had a move-really a trend-to try to consolidate Europe, actually in defense against Russia was the initial plan.

Then, once Germany reunited, it was really France's mission to try to get Germany engaged into the European Union just to keep them on their side of the fence. So, for a lot of political reasons for almost a generation, the seemingly disparate countries in Europe were trying to move together. It really was only the currency-the monetary union-that caused most of the problem, and here it was Gerhard Schroeder's concept in Germany-the chancellor of Germany at the time-and he just pushed it through without even a referendum of the German people.

So, now as they go back to the German people, they ask for bailouts. They weren't asked permission in the first place, and they're not really inclined to go along now.

That brings us up to not only the present but then the future.