Can The Ghost Of Robert Maxwell End The Euro’s Problems?

It seems as though the true costs of the financial crisis are to be much worse than originally expected. Please don’t misunderstand me, I am a red-blooded capitalist. I always have been and always will be. I believe completely in free markets (business and financial). But even by my standards, things are going too far […]

Innovating Business Models In Berlin

Posted by admin on June 25, 2010 in eu economy, european economy, small business, venture capital | Short Link
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I’m in Berlin. 2009 to 2010 is the year of Germany as the Chair of the rotating EUREKA Presidency and the end of this year is being celebrated with a Ministerial Conference and award ceremony. In case you don’t know, EUREKA is a network that helps to stimulate and foster new projects. Though they have […]

Can The EU Lead On Financial Reforms?

Posted by admin on May 5, 2010 in credit crunch, eu economy, european commission, european economy, european parliament | Short Link
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The European Parliament should be leading the development of financial regulation reform. According to MEP Dr Kay Swinburne, member of the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis (CRIS), many MEPs have the belief that if the European Parliament creates good, workable legislation – and does so first – the United States will […]

Too Big To Fail Is A Thing Of The Past!

Your author was able to attend the 8th Annual European Financial Services Conference in Brussels earlier this week. There were certainly some interesting panelists and contributors, including European Commissioner Michel Barnier. There were many different perspectives discussed, but as you may imagine, financial services regulations were high on the list. In the main, these regulations […]

Ann Mettler: Has the time finally come for Fiscal Sustainability?

Posted by admin on April 28, 2010 in eu economy, european economy, european politics, politics, public borrowing | Short Link
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The following opinion piece from Ann Mettler, Executive Director of the Brussels based think tank The Lisbon Council is kindly being republished from her blog. I have had the pleasure of meeting Ann on a number of occassions and I can attest to her knowledge and commitment to seeing Europe become the economy that many […]

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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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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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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