Oh spare me…

By: Monday October 15, 2012 1:30 am

Apparently there is even more — and quite rich — hostility toward the Greeks from a predictable source


Germany Both Demanding and Delaying Eurozone Bailouts

By: Tuesday September 25, 2012 12:45 pm

We have a little schizophrenia happening in Germany. On the one hand, they lead Europe in demanding that Spain ask for their bailout already. Michael Meister, a top aide to Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union party, said that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy “must spell out what the situation is,” and he warned that any bailout will come with strict conditions, or else the German parliament would reject it. Meister warned of a domino effect, with other troubled countries asking for bailouts without conditionality if Spain gets one.

At the same time, however, Germany wants to slow down the rush to bail out countries like Spain, for domestic political reasons.

The Primacy of Politics

By: Sunday September 9, 2012 11:15 am

Why would you want to be governed by Wall Street thugs managing trillions of dollars owned by tax-avoiding corporations, drug cartels, Saudi oil princes, secretive Taiwanese billionaires, and Russian mafia types?

EU Summit Solution Looks Remote

By: Wednesday June 27, 2012 11:10 am

This EU summit scheduled for tomorrow has all the earmarks of a disaster. First, technocrats released a sovereignty-destroying proposal that would combine all of the worst elements of a fiscal union, not solving the growth imbalance problem while practically mandating austerity from the top, stripping authority from the elected representatives of the various countries.

Educating Thomas Friedman on the Economy

By: Wednesday June 6, 2012 12:20 pm

It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it. Today, Thomas Friedman tells us about the squandered opportunities around the world, siding with Angela Merkel’s lecturing to Europe and promoting the Bowles-Simpson scheme to redistribute income upwards.

France, Germany at Odds Over Eurozone Crisis

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 7:12 pm

European leaders met in Brussels yesterday, and even going in it was clear that the countervailing forces, exemplified most by Germany and France, would not come to any agreements. And that’s just how it turned out.

Merkel Intervention at G8 Summit on Stimulus for Eurozone

By: Saturday May 19, 2012 5:00 pm

Most of the leaders of the free world are meeting at the G8 Summit today at Camp David, and it sounds like the event has the look of an intervention where the other heads of state try to sit Angela Merkel down and convince her to reverse the austerity policies that are crushing European economies and threatening the euro currency union.

Greek “Bank Jog” Threatens Eurozone

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 6:40 pm

You can feel the heat being turned up on Europe. Greece is in the middle of what the Guardian has called a bank jog. In the 10 days since the elections which led to a political stalemate, a caretaker government, and new elections, Greek depositors have removed €3 billion from their banking system. It’s not like the banking system was super-secure before the May 6 elections, either.

Good luck with that

By: Thursday May 17, 2012 1:30 am

When reality meets better policy and better politics…

Hollande and Merkel Meet as Greek Woes Continue

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 10:40 am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande met yesterday in Berlin, in what was kind of an awkward summit. But they did appear united on one point: that Greece must keep their promises and stay in the Eurozone. And that could drive Greece out.

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