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Philip Booth
26 October 2012
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  When the euro was formed, the economic debate was marked by a paradox. Liberal economists on the continent were enthusiastic – they believed the euro’s adoption would force...
Kristian Niemietz
8 October 2012
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  It was utterly predictable that Germany’s political class would (ab)use the festivities of Unification Day to construct some bizarre justification for more Eurozone bailouts, and a...
Juan Ramón Rallo
4 October 2012
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  It has been a huge surprise that, according to a recent analysis (pdf) conducted by consulting firm Oliver Wyman, Spanish banks only need a relatively small public capital injection...
Eduardo Belgrano
17 September 2012
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  We are so accustomed to our present currency system that it is difficult to imagine a system of more than one currency circulating side by side. However such a monetary system has existed...
Juan Ramón Rallo
14 September 2012
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  Living on debt is a Western disease which has been fuelled by the universalisation of inconvertible paper money. Obviously, Spain has not been immune, as anyone can clearly check by...
Michael Klein
17 August 2012
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Although once intended to improve market efficiency and the free flow of goods within the Single European Market, harmonisation has become not only the European Commission’s prime weapon for...
André Azevedo Alves
15 August 2012
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About a year ago, I wrote that although the focus (at the time) was on Portugal, the viability of the euro would largely depend on what happened with Spain. At the time, the warning signals...
Juan Ramón Rallo
13 August 2012
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Madrid's persistent pressure for the European Central Bank (ECB) to monetise part of its debt is necessarily a self-defeating strategy. Once the Spanish government recognises that it is unable...
G. R. Steele
10 August 2012
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If ever you see a €100 banknote in the gutter, don’t bother to stop. If it were real, someone would already have picked it up. The same is true of a ruse to save the euro. Writing in the...
Michael Jeffers
6 August 2012
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In the United Kingdom, we are in a unique position to watch the chaos of the crumbling eurozone.  Media outlets are filled with daily stories of credit downgrades, hundred billion euro...
Holger Zemanek
26 June 2012
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Political instability in Greece and a further worsening of the banking crisis in Spain recently sparked a new wave of the European debt crisis. The possibility of Greece leaving the eurozone...
Vuk Vukovic
18 June 2012
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As its crisis continues, more and more people are calling for Greece to follow the Argentine 2001 example and devalue its currency. This would imply leaving the euro and returning to...
Philip Booth
15 June 2012
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There has long been support for the EU project in the Vatican but, as ever in these matters, we have to ask whether governments and supra-national organisations remain the servants of the people or...
Juan Ramón Rallo
12 June 2012
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Although the Spanish government refuses to tell the truth to the citizenry, both the government and the banks have clearly been bailed out by the Eurogroup. Spain’s financial entities,...
Philip Booth
8 June 2012
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Europe is riddled with bad debt. In some countries, such as Spain, banking systems are in chaos. In other countries, the government has accumulated sufficient debt that it does not even require a...
Philip Booth
7 June 2012
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There is some sense in the EU’s new plans to change the way in which banks are regulated. In particular, there are two major problems with the current system of regulation in the EU. Firstly...
André Azevedo Alves
30 May 2012
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As odd as it may seem, Alexis Tsipras may well be the eurozone's best hope at the moment. As Greece heads towards new elections and a clear majority of the electorate is seemingly...
Kristian Niemietz
23 May 2012
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The rate for travel insurance depends critically on where we go and what we do there. A hiking tour through the Amazon rainforest comes at a higher premium than a stay at a health spa at Lake...
Juan Ramón Rallo
22 May 2012
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It is not austerity but the threat of insolvency that is killing peripheral economies such as Spain. Since it has become clear that the European Union is not willing to completely mutualise risks...
Philip Booth
18 May 2012
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Working out who exactly owes what to whom in the eurozone is an increasingly difficult job. Money is pouring out of Greece and now, it would appear, Spain at a rapid rate. €700m apparently...