Category Archives: Eurozone

Commentary on the madness involved in setting up the EMU and how it is dysfunctional

Spanish El Pacto – A Syriza Reprise!

I am now back in Australia after a very interesting 2-week visit to Spain. There were several ‘private’ events in that time, and I gave 7 public lectures over 5 days, with travel and meetings in between. It was a … Read the rest of this entry »

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Madrid presentation video and travel

I am tied up for most of today with travelling (from Valencia) to Madrid and then commitments there before flying back to Australia. I will write something more about Spain when I collect my thoughts. The upcoming national election on … Read the rest of this entry »

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There is no secular stagnation – just irresponsible fiscal policy

I am in Barcelona today until later then I am off to Valencia for two days. More on the Spanish tour later. The latest edition of the ECB’s Economic Bulletin released on May 5, 2016 carried and – Update on … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Economics, Eurozone | 22 Comments

The Left confuses globalisation with neo-liberalism and gets lost

Financial Times journalist Wolfgang Münchau’s article (April 24, 2016) – The revenge of globalisation’s losers – rehearses a common theme, and one which those on the Left have become intoxicated with (not implicating the journalist among them). The problem is … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Economics, Eurozone | 25 Comments

Hype aside – the Juncker Plan – a failure from day one

When Jean-Claude Juncker took over the Presidency of the European Commission in November 2014 – yes, 18 months ago. His record before that should have warned everyone of where his ideological preferences lay. He was the President of the Eurogroup … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Economics, Eurozone | 7 Comments

Spanish government discretionary fiscal deficit rises and real GDP growth returns

I am off to Spain in a few weeks to undertake a lecture tour associated with the publication of a Spanish translation of my current book – Eurozone Dystopia: Groupthink and Denial on a Grand Scale (see details below if … Read the rest of this entry »

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Rising urban inequality and segregation and the role of the state

Last week, 61.1 per cent of Dutch voters who turned out (the turnout was above the legal threshold to make the vote legal) voted against the referendum proposal to ratify a ‘preferential trade’ agreement between the European Union and Ukraine. … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Economics, Eurozone | 10 Comments

IMF groupthink and sociopaths

It is easy to get distracted by other important events in the last week by the enormity of the information that has been released in the so-called – The Panama Papers – which document around 40 years of secretive banking … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, IMF | 8 Comments

Finland’s problem is exactly the euro!

I have noticed a creeping trend in the European press over the last 18 months or so claiming that Finland’s economic malaise, which continues to deteriorate, is nothing to do with the euro. The latest effort in this campaign of … Read the rest of this entry »

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Fiscal policy is a potent instrument for productivity growth

Sometimes we have to take a longer look at things to see the present in perspective. Greece has been a living experiment for the neo-liberal Groupthink machine that is the Troika. We rarely experiment on humans on any sort of … Read the rest of this entry »

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