The Tragedy Of Greek Government Borrowing

Posted by admin on February 23, 2010 in borrowing, eu economy, public borrowing, recession | Short Link
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This is a pretty tricky time to work for a Central Bank, don’t you think? You spend years in the background, the national and international economy chugs along, and people forget you exist. Perhaps once a month, when it is time to set interest rates, people remember faintly who you are and what you do. […]

Lithuania Slumps

Posted by admin on July 29, 2009 in credit crunch, depression, eu economy, european economy, european union, recession | Short Link
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This blog recently highlighted the trouble being faced by Latvia in this economic crisis. We all knew that Latvia was not the only country suffering and not the only Baltic country suffering. But todays news suggests that Lithuania is in even deeper trouble. Poor Lithuania… This story explains that the Lithuanian economy has falled by […]

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Do European Governments Care About Innovation?

Posted by admin on June 21, 2009 in economy, eu economy, european commission, european economy, european union, recession, small business act | Short Link
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Your author has just returned from a trip to Lisbon, Portugal, to attend the Eureka Innovation Days event. I was invited as part of a media partnership with my employer. We were there to interview a range of participants which would then be used as the basis for both blog posts and more ‘traditional’ online […]

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Is Latvia Heading For Shock Therapy?

Posted by admin on June 11, 2009 in depression, eu economy, european economy, european politics, recession | Short Link
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Today’s European Voice (11/06/09) had a story suggesting that Latvia is in for shock therapy. This did not seem to be as seriously regarded in the paper as might be justified. In 2007, Canadian journalist Naomi Klein published “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism”. In this extraordinary book, Klein argues that the influence […]

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The Lisbon Interview Of Barroso Is Looking More Likely…

Posted by admin on May 9, 2009 in eu economy, european commission, european union, recession | Short Link
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In a recent post I asked, with my tongue firmly in my cheek, whether Mr Barroso, President of the European Commission would get the honour of meeting me. Well here we are on a lovely Schuman day in Brussels and it seems ever more likely that he will get that honour after all. Of course, […]

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Unemployment In Spain Is Up

The latest unemployment figures from Spain must send a shock through the powers that be in most major economies. The latest numbers show that unemployment is up again in Spain. It has now breached 17%. Thats right, 17%. The BBC reports on it here. To be fair, Spain has a seasonal economy because of the […]

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Will Barroso Get The Honour?

Posted by admin on April 21, 2009 in economy, eu economy, european commission, european economy, european union | Short Link
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News travelling around the office of this author is that a business trip is in order. After the successes of being involved in interviewing Paul Krugman and at the European Business Summit, it looks as though I will be dispatched to Lisbon in June for an event. In truth, I am still rather unclear about […]

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Small Business – The Real National Economy

Last week I was able to sit in on a meeting with a couple of highly placed European Commission officials. We were discussing what will soon become known as the SBA – the Small Business Act. 2009 will be a year of many events and publicity for this new piece of EU legislation. Now I […]

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Notes From Felipe Gonzalez’s Lecture In Brussels

Posted by admin on March 31, 2009 in borrowing, credit crunch, economy, eu economy, european economy, european union, felipe gonzalez, public borrowing | Short Link
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One of the problems with blogging is the speed at which communications can now be transmitted. I know that this is meant to be the major strength of blogging – but if you happen to busy, it simply makes you look slow! This time last week I was fortunate enough to attend a one hour […]

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