Central bankers usually tend to speak cautiously and moderately. They know any comment could send shockwaves through the markets. But these are not normal times in Greece.
On Monday, speaking before the Greek parliament, Yannis Stournaras, head of the Bank of Greece, made a drastic comparison: anyone demanding the reintroduction of the drachma “should travel to North Korea. They’ll see what would happen here.”
The specter of Grexit has reappeared, and not just in Athens. In many European capitals, discussion centers on whether this year will see a Greek departure from monetary union, so narrowly avoided in 2015.