Category Archives: Euro zone Crisis

What has made the Euro exchange rate defy the pessimists?

One of the features of the Euro area crisis has turned out to be the opposite of so much media spinning and speculation. Whilst there has been regular talk of it being hammered and hit the fact is that the … Read More

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Will it be Taxing Times for everybody or just savers?

Many times as I have surveyed the credit crunch era it has been apparent to me that economic policy in the countries affected is  set to benefit borrowers and debtors. For example. we saw an initial response of lower official … Read More

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The economic problems of the Netherlands are ongoing

The last year has been a difficult one for the economy of the Netherlands as it has seen its economy shrink. Indeed the economic performance has been more like an economy of the Euro area periphery than a core nation … Read More

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Ireland is a test case for what happens if you subvert an entire economy to the needs of its banking sector

It has been a few months since I looked across the Irish Sea to consider the economic situation in Ireland. Back on June 21st I concluded that whilst her economic performance had been superior to that of her Euro area … Read More

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What next for Cyprus and its economy? A downwards wage-price spiral….?

Sometimes events in a single country can illustrate a multiple number of the themes of this blog even if the country is as small as Cyprus. Back in the spring of this year it was “rescued” by its partners in … Read More

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What is the next step for the European Central Bank?

Today the European Central Bank gives us the results of its September meeting. It is unusual for this to be on a Wednesday and those who think that it invariably marches to a rather Germanic beat will have a wry … Read More

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Are continual tax rises the future for Japan and indeed us all?

Today I wish to move across the other side of the world and examine the economy of the land of the rising sun Nippon or Japan. It exhibits many of the themes and issues highlighted by this blog but let … Read More

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Of depression style economics and falling prices in Italy

One of the features of Italian political life and indeed government is the periodic appearances of Signor Silvio Berlusconi. One of these took place on Saturday evening as he instructed those government ministers who are in his PDL party to resign … Read More

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Will we see German economic growth based on domestic consumption and not exports?

Yesterday saw the relection of Angela Merkel in Germany as her party gathered an increased share of the vote in Germany. However in spite of this, her tendency to cannibalise coalition partners, means that the coalition still required by the … Read More

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What now for Portugal and its economy? Another IMF mea culpa?

This week the Troika made up of the European Commission,European Central Bank and the International Monetary fund is visiting Portugal to decide on its economic progress. We do not yet know if they will declare their by now familiar harbinger of … Read More

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