In case you haven’t seen it yet, the “Europe on the Brink” article by Peter Boone and Simon Johnson is a must-read for anyone grappling to understand the Eurozone crisis (see here). Oversimplifying their argument a bit, they contend the feasible exit routes from the crisis involve either the extremes of decisive debt restructuring or a committed lender of last resort (something that they refer to more explosively as a “moral hazard regime”). Paul de Grauwe’s Irish Times piece from today makes the argument for a committed LOLR, but he cautions it is only conceivable with much greater central control over fiscal policy. I think Willem Buiter’s FT piece from earlier in the week can be read as saying the intermediate route combining a more modest LOLR function with private sector involvement is still most likely – and may succeed. Readers might also be interested in this more recent Citi Economics paper by Buiter and others urging more decisive LOLR action from the ECB.