Category Archives: European Union

Posts relating to issues facing the European Union

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European elections results: What you need to know

When I started watching Jean-Claude Juncker‘s post-election speech, I didn’t have in mind that I will be repeating the 37 second video clip 4 times to make sure the future President of the European Commission, the executive branch of the … Continue reading

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Ukraine Media War Intensifies

When it comes to Ukraine, you need to chose. Today’s buzzing intellectuals and pundits « take sides ». They either defend democracy thriving Kiev or emphatically cry outrage against American led destabilization of Russia and its influence sphere. Axis of evil vs. The … Continue reading

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France and Germany diverging: EU economic problems continue

Whenever I want to hastily evaluate how Europe is doing economically, I take a macro look at the French and German economies. The famous « couple Franco-Allemand ». Germany and France, are Europe’s locomotive, political scientists like to say. They pull the … Continue reading

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Work Like a German (By Glenn Hutchins, NYT)

Work Like a German (By Glenn Hutchins, NYT) A great read on the German labor market and model. I found this op-ed very interesting in its approach. It focuses on shifting the debate to certain categories of the workforce that … Continue reading

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« Greece at bay »; What Sapir has to say on Greece, Merkel, and the Euro.

An interesting interview of political economist Jacques Sapir, one of the main proponents of  breaking up the Eurozone as a single currency area. I highlighted the parts I find interesting in the interview from a European institutional and economic perspective. Source: … Continue reading

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European Banking Union: ECOFIN and Parliament ready to compromise

Banking Union: ECOFIN and Parliament ready to compromise. ECB’s role strengthened Last but not least the ECOFIN appears now ready to accept an increased role for the ECB. In this respect Stournaras noted that “A central role for the European Central … Continue reading

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Critical year for the E.U: Bond problems ahead?

If you’re following loosely European economics and politics, you might be mistaken into thinking the crisis is over, Spain and Ireland are nearly out of the recession, Greece is showing better than expected figures, at least according to its prime … Continue reading

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Howard Davies describes the challenges that await Daniele Nouy as the European Central Bank’s first Head of Banking Supervision. – Project Syndicate

Great read on the Banking Union deal hailed as a great achievement by Pierre Moscovici, the French Finance Minister. Interesting comments on Daniele Nouy, who by joining the ECB Supervisory Team will be one of France’s most influential women on … Continue reading

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Time to step up: The EU and freedom of expression (the Snowden scar)

Time to step up: The EU and freedom of expression (the Snowden scar) Got attention to this from one of my friends on Google+ . So long for Europe defender of the weak and universal human rights guardian? The Europe … Continue reading

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Enough German Bashing (if a European Union is what you really want)

I’m no pro-German. The German boom does not impress me more than the average success story, and the German economic model based on a strong public sector along with strong market fundamentals is not one I particularly appreciate or long … Continue reading

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