Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis sounds alarm over quantitative easing

 
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Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis warned about the outcomes of quantitative easing (Source: Getty)
he European Central Bank kicked off its bond-buying programme this week, as investors cheered the move, however Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis warned over its potential outcomes.

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"QE is all around us and optimism is in the air," Varoufakis said in Italy.

"At the risk to sound the party pooper ... I find it hard to understand how the broadening of the monetary base in our fragmented and fragmenting monetary union will transform itself into a substantial increase in productive investments."

"The result of this is going to be an equity run boost that will prove unsustainable."

Frankfurt unleashed its "biggest bazooka", or the €1.1 trillion (£720bn) quantitative easing programme this week. The ECB will buy around €60bn worth of public and private bonds every month up until September 2016.

It's hoped the package will ward off a bout of prolonged deflation, and boost economic growth in the ailing region.

Varoufakis also said negotiations with its international credits wouldn't be affected by the eventual roll-out of planned anti-austerity measures.

"We never said we're going to renege on any promises, we said that our promises concern a four-year parliamentary term," he said.

"They will be spaced out in an optimal way, in a way that is in tune with our bargaining stance in Europe and also with the fiscal position of the Greek state."

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