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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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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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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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Market economy praised by German president; a tribute to the Freiburg school

Great post from Alberto Mingardi on Econlib, commenting on a recent speech by German president Joachim Gauck in which he defends the market economy and pays tribute to the Freiburg school of economic thought, or the Ordo-liberals. An interesting and … 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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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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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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Krugman’s Fallacious Defense of the French economy: Intellectual Bankruptcy of a great economist

The famous liberal political economist Paul Krugman published a series of blog posts accusing S&P French downgrade to be a political step.  Last week, S&P downgraded the French solvency rating from AA+ to AA, a relatively solid notation, but not … Continue reading

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