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 […]

France And Germany Push Harder For A Banking Tax

Posted by admin on June 15, 2010 in eu economy, european union, tax havens, tax rises | Short Link
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The latest news seems to be that most major governments want a bank tax. The reasons behind this are clear to everyone I’m sure, but they do open the prospect of regulatory arbitrage – a subject that this blog has touched upon in recent months. The problems with a bank tax are obvious though. Any […]

Do Markets Negate Democracy?

Posted by admin on May 25, 2010 in borrowing, credit crunch, eu economy, european politics, european union, politics, public borrowing | Short Link
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At the end of last week and for part of the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Biennale Firenze in Florence, Italy. The event was being hosted by EESC, the European Economic and Social Committee. With a title of “Education To Combat Social Exclusion”, it is not a natural event for a blog […]

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 The UK Economy Heading For Bankruptcy?

Posted by admin on May 21, 2009 in european union, gordon brown, uk economy | Short Link
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Asking whether bankruptcy is on the cards for a sovereign nation may seem a little extreme, but the economic portents are not good for the UK. Without getting too political, the British public has listened to Gordon Brown explain time and again how amazing he is with the economy. If you are from the UK, […]

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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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