Category Archives: Opinion

Posts representing my personal opinion on a certain issue

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Iraq and the Islamic State: The Cause and the Conundrum

  “We are often apt to read history backwards, which, I submit, is a very wrong method of reading history. History, in order to be properly appreciated, has to be read forwards. One must put oneself behind the events which … Continue reading

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Digital Politics Censorship: Lebanon and Viber, Reddit and Snowden, France and Twitter

Tech companies are changing the way people communicate. And guess what, governments are losing the control battle. Digital politics censorship is not a game you wanna be engaged in unprepared. A few months ago, when I wrote why Edward Snowden … Continue reading

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It’s not the weather’s fault: Friday’s US GDP report

Nearly every news diffused in the financial community is analysed, broken down, analysed again, till a consensus around its significance is reached. The consensus usually tells you if the news is good or bad. You don’t need to know why, … Continue reading

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US Job Market: The Optimist Narrative vs. Reality

A lot in economics depends on forecasting and number-crunching. When a certain positive interpretation of macro figures such as GDP forecasts, unemployment numbers, or interest rate future variations, becomes the only existing media narrative out there, one might conclude that … 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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Paul Krugman is WRONG on TPP, here’s why.

Paul K did it, again. In a burst of arrogance, assumed elitism, and an old nobel laureate missing intellectual aura childish reaction, he managed to look ridiculously disconnected from reality. On the trans pacific partnership, or the TPP, Krugman published … Continue reading

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European Banking Union: Not good enough

Not looking good from the federalist side of the equation. And yes, the Germans, again, are to blame. But can we really blame them? Brussels has been witnessing since the 2009 crisis frictions between member states to move forward with … Continue reading

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Popular acceptance of taxation policies; France and François Hollande’s case

Things are not going so good for Francois Hollande, Paul Krugman’s recently declared hero. After S&P’s downgrade of France’s credit rating, his authority is contested in nearly every social body, from peasants to entrepreneurs. Even within the French socialist party, … Continue reading

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Nobel Prize in Economics 2013: We chose not to choose

A great day for behavioral economics, psychology, and the individual in the study of economics. And farewell rationality. For most people the attribution of the 2013 Nobel prize in economics is just « another piece of news ». For the academic world … Continue reading

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Can France « Smile » it’s way out of the Great Depression?

On the 14th of July, I met a group of four American tourists, lost on the Champs Elysees, the world’s most enchanting avenue, some say. They were scared, 5 a.m in the morning, and relieved to find my office open on … Continue reading

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