Neelie Kroes — the real systemic risk regulator

03 Nov 2009

Who needs national regulators when you’ve got Neelie Kroes? The European Commission’s state aid commissioner has imposed harsh conditions on government bailouts in recent weeks, breaking up some of Europe’s biggest banks. Her approach risks entrenching the role of governments in the institutions they have supported.

Regulators around the world have been struggling to come up with a solution for banks that are too big to fail. Numerous ideas have been put forward, and some are starting to be implemented — higher capital, tighter liquidity rules, and living wills, to name but a few.

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