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Eastern Europe’s Davos

Eastern Europe’s Davos

Play Inc. executive Jorg Bang-Jensen has reason to smile. The CEO of Poland’s fourth largest mobile operator has been able to report “steady growth” since the company started operations just six months before the financial crisis.   Now, the question is, “Is the crisis over?” dominated  discussion at Central Europe’s annual gathering of economic futurists […]

A Weaker Euro for A Stronger Europe

A Weaker Euro for A Stronger Europe

What can be done to help the “crisis economies” of southern Europe reduce their external deficits? The debate is often presented as a conflict between the deficit-burdened PIIGS – Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain – and the eurozone’s current-account-surplus countries, particularly Germany. But a new and more important imbalance has emerged in recent years: […]

The Cultural Exception

The Cultural Exception

Feelings are running high about the US-EU Trade Talks that are scheduled to begin in July in Washington. “The US-EU relationship is the largest in the world – it makes up almost half of global GDP,” American President Barack Obama said at the G8 Summit in Ireland in late June. “This potentially ground-breaking partnership would […]

Book Review: Keynes Hayek, by Nicholas Wapshott

Book Review: Keynes Hayek, by Nicholas Wapshott

Keynes vs. Hayek: Live at the LSE! After 28 years of deregulation and dedicated free marketeering, the Bush Administration met the economic crisis of 2008, sometimes dubbed the Great Recession, with billions worth of economic stimulus, and by cutting interest rates and encouraging spending. Despite the trajectory of American economic policy since the era of […]

Book Review: The Strange Non-Death of Neoliberalism, by Colin Crouch

Rewriting Reality: Colin Crouch on Neo-Liberalism Neo-Liberalism is one of those concepts about which people have strong opinions, even if (or because) they are hazy as to its exact meaning. The concept has spawned a generation of step-children – ideas and policies that often seem to contradict the fundamental notions that people definitely do associate […]

Book Review: Christoph Braendle’s Der Meermacher

Braendle: After the Flood “When the rain comes,” the Beatles once sang, “they run and hide their heads.” But what if it just keeps on raining? The theme of rain that never stops is one of mankind’s great mythical stories, tales of the Flood, of the end of the world through man’s own doing, as […]

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