Category Archives: Eurozone

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

Greek austerity – a denial of basic human rights, penalty should be imprisonment

I have just finished reading a report published by the Transnational Institute (TNI), which is an “international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable world”. The Report (published November 19, 2018) – Democracy Not For … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, Fiscal Statements, Framing and Language, IMF | 44 Comments

IMF Euro hitman in denial of the reality that the monetary union has become

The IMF hitman in Europe, one Poul Thomsem recently published a European Money and Finance Forum (SUERF) Policy Note (October 2018) – A Financial Union for the Euro Area – where he basically told us that any changes that the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, IMF | 31 Comments

Franco-German ‘agreement’ is another European dead-end

The latest ‘reform’ proposals from Europe might be taken as a sick joke if the players were not serious. On Sunday, November 18, 2018, the French President gave a speech at the traditional commemorative ceremony in the German Bundestag to … Read the rest of this entry »

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The ‘fiscal contraction expansion’ lie lives on – now playing in Italy – Part 2

This is the second and final part in my discussion about the latest attempts by the IMF and notable New Keynesian macroeconomists to keep the ‘fiscal contraction expansion’ lie alive. The crisis in Italy is once again giving these characters … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Eurozone, Fiscal Statements | 9 Comments

The ‘fiscal contraction expansion’ lie lives on – now playing in Italy – Part 1

Pathetic was the first word that came to mind when I read this article – The Italian Budget: A Case of Contractionary Fiscal Expansion? – written by Olivier Blanchard and Jeromin Zettlemeyer, from the Peter Peterson Institute for International Economics. … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Eurozone, Fiscal Statements, IMF | 15 Comments

Eurozone fiscal rules bias nations to stagnation – exit is the remedy

It is Wednesday and I am doing the final corrections to our Macroeconomics textbook manuscript before it goes off to the ‘printers’ for publication in March 2019. It has been a long haul and I can say that writing a … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Central banking, Eurozone, Fiscal Statements | 26 Comments

The flexibility experiment in Portugal has largely failed

Portugal has been held out by the Europhile Left as a demonstration of how progressive policies can manifest in the European Union, even with the Fiscal Compact and the Stability and Growth Pact (SGP). In 2015, after the new Socialist … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Demise of the Left, Eurozone, Reclaim the State | 3 Comments

EU Services Notification Directive will undermine democracy within cities

In a blog post last week – Financial services agreements – the EU as a neoliberal, corporatist project (November 13, 2018) – I wrote about the way the EU compromised the capacity of elected Member State governments to advance the … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Eurozone, Politics, Reclaiming community, UK Economy | 11 Comments

EU forecasts are notoriously poor

I am travelling most of today to distant climes. And it is Wednesday, my alleged shorter blog day. Apart from some scintillating music suggestions today, I foreshadowed in Monday’s blog post, which analysed the British national accounts, that I would … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Eurozone, Music, UK Economy | 1 Comment

Financial services agreements – the EU as a neoliberal, corporatist project

I have been reading the new book by Costas Lapavitsas – ‘The Left Case Against the EU’ – which has been recently published. It is solid and clearly explains why the EU is not an institution or structure than anyone … Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Britain, Demise of the Left, Eurozone, Reclaim the State, UK Economy | 23 Comments