Early Bird Headlines 19 February 2015
Econintersect: Here are some of the headlines we found to help you start your day. For more headlines see our afternoon feature for GEI members, What We Read Today, which has many more headlines and a number of article discussions to keep you abreast of what we have found interesting.
- Bernie Sanders, mulling presidential run, adopts novel stance on deficit (Al Jazeera) Ranking Budget Committee member draws on research from heterodox economists to solve country’s financial woes. Stephanie Kelton is his chief economist.
- Greece expected to seek loan extension from skeptical euro zone (Reuters) Greek will ask to extend the loan but bit the austerity.
- PM Tsipras declares war at home on Greece’s ‘oligarchs’ (Reuters)
- Greek Insider Likens ‘Arrogant’ Germany To Nazis (Sky News) A source close to debt repayment talks suggests Germany is behaving as if Greece is “in the 1940s, being asked to surrender“.
- Greece Is Making an Offer Germany Can’t Refuse (The Wall Street Journal) Athens is proposing reasonable concessions. Berlin needs to accept them.
- Inflation negative in France for first time in 5 years (AFP, Yahoo! News)
- Libya to UN: Lift arms embargo for ISIL fight (Al Jazeera) Libya’s Foreign Minister Mohammed al Dairi asked the U.N. Security Council arms embargo so his country can fight ISIL.
- Georgia wary of Moscow’s border deals (Financial Times) Russia has signed border guarantee deals with two Republic of Georgia breakaway regions.
- Pakistan officials say Afghan Taliban signal readiness for peace talks (Reuters) First session today (Thursday) in Qatar with U.S. officials according to Afghan Taliban sources.
- China treads more cautiously over maritime disputes (Financial Times) China is backing off more aggressive posturing as the Communist party appears to have realized its former stance has threatened soft power in region.
- Kuroda Sees Inflation on Track as BOJ Keeps Record Stimulus (Bloomberg Business) QE to continue per plan, but Bank of Japan could change if conditions warrant. Exports and trade are improving, see GEI News.
- Mexico’s central bank lowers growth forecast (barchart)