Tags: eu

France's Pension Reform Neither Far Nor Fast Enough

September 2nd, 2013
in Op Ed, syndication

Olli Rehn, EU budget commissioner, said on August 28 that France should go further and faster with reforms to get its budget deficit under control. The pension reform outlined by Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on the evening of August 28 may be a good… more »

The Immense (and Needless) Human Misery Caused by Speculative Credit Bubbles

September 1st, 2013
in Op Ed, syndication

by Charles Hugh Smith, Of Two Minds Financialization and the Neocolonial Model of credit-based exploitation leave immense human suffering in their wake when speculative credit bubbles inevitably implode. Discussions of the global financial crisis te… more »

France Misrepresents Its Unemployment Rate as They Appear at Eurostat!

August 15th, 2013
in Op Ed, syndication

Written by Hilary Barnes ="font-size: medium;">Pursuing my curiosity about the French labour market statistics - especially relating to unemployment - I notice that the Eurostat monthly statistics are based on the ILO* (European Labour Market Survey) h… more »

Beijing’s New Leaders Are Right to Hold Back

July 14th, 2013
in Op Ed

The world is struggling to rebalance its great savings imbalances and is not advancing much. In Europe, and as I discussed in my very long May 11 blog entry, it seems that Germany is still unable to force though the adjustments needed in internal dem… more »

Decoding French Socialists' Attack on Germany

May 1st, 2013
in Op Ed, syndication

Written by Hilary Barnes If one trusts the language of a draft statement by France's ruling Socialist Party for presentation to a party conference in June, the country is heading for a showdown with Germany in general and Chancellor Angela Merkel in pa… more »

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