Tags: greece

Abandoning the Welfare State in Europe?

February 19th, 2012
in Op Ed

by Dirk Ehnts When thinking about current economic problems in Europe, it is clear that we have had a problem with the adjustment in the euro zone. Some countries saw productivity rise faster than wages, other experienced the opposite. So, price levels… more »

Euro Zone Update- Markets Yet to Discount the Discounts

February 13th, 2012
in Op Ed

by Guest Author Warren Mosler The issues I’ve been discussing over the last year or two while now crystallizing, remain highly problematic. The idea of Greek default transformed from being a Greek punishment to a gift, with the pending question: ‘If Gr… more »

Euro Crisis: Bandaids Continue when Surgery is Needed

February 10th, 2012
in Op Ed

by Elliott Morss The Eurozone situation was bad enough 6 months ago. It is getting worse. Why? Because none of the key players are addressing the fundamental problem the Eurozone is facing: the weak sisters (Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain) are not… more »

Anschluss Economics - The Germans Launch A Blitzkrieg on the Greek Debt Negotiations

February 4th, 2012
in Op Ed

by Guest Author Marshall Auerback News stories continue to suggest that Greece once again appears on the verge of reaching a deal with its private sector creditors on how much of a loss they would be willing to accept on their bond holdings. The latest… more »

Merkel Saves The Euro Crisis

December 18th, 2011
in Op Ed

by Dirk EhntsI stole the above headline from the tageszeitung (pdf), where it reads Merkel rettet Euro-Krise. Kevin O’Rourke has an excellent article on the results at Project Syndicate. Here is his conclusion: This summit should have proposed institutional changes to avert such a scenario. But if such changes are politically impossible, and the euro is doomed, then a speedy death is preferable to a prolonged and painful demise. A euro zone collapse in the immediate future would be widely perceived as a catastrophe, which should at least serve as a source of hope for the future. But if it collapses after several years of perverse macroeconomic policies required by countries’ treaty obligations, the end, when it comes, will be regarded not as a calamity, but as a liberation. And that really would be worse. more »

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