It’s time for a European Grand Bargain

Entrenched economic positioning can only hurt the region’s economy and embolden the growing Eurosceptic movements The power paradigm in Europe is rapidly changing, and Germany isn’t happy. The days when the Nicolas Sarkozy – Angela Merkel axis both dictated and drove European policy are behind us and have given way to an unlikely new pair: […]

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Article of the Day: Bill Clinton plays savior for Arkansas Democrats

Bill Clinton plays savior for Arkansas Democrats CNN published a very interesting article (no it’s not about a baby bump or other mindless gossip) on the role Bill Clinton is playing in the American mid-term elections.  I generally try to stay away from American politics, mostly because it doesn’t interest me, but also because the […]

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My comment on Simon Kuper’s FT Post

The FT’s Simon Kuper put out a very interesting article today on the state of déclinisme in France.  His argument is coherent and generally strong until the last paragraph where he says that France does not change due to the focus of the people on their social benefits.  That’s certainly a problem, but the bigger issue remains […]

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Renzi-mania and Hollande-phobia: Defining the Anti-Austerity Rhetoric in Brussels

French President François Hollande’s approval rating was reported at a dismal 13% today, breaking his own record for unpopularity. Amidst the freefall of the President’s approval ratings, there is little wonder that Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has assumed the responsibility of leading the anti-austerity charge in Brussels. As the most powerful socialist in Europe, […]

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The Crisis that Never Was

The first government of Prime Minister Manuel Valls lasted a total of 147 days, making it the shortest government not interrupted by a parliamentary election in the history of the Fifth Republic. Political crises in France are a dime a dozen these days.  Just yesterday, former Economy Minister and current IMF Director Christine Lagarde was […]

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Matches, Mistrals, and Moscow: The Politics of Sanctions

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party was criticized this weekend for accepting a 160,000GBP donation from a Russia Oligarch with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  This adds to a week where European governments have had to weigh foreign policy decisions against domestic considerations. Following the tragic downing of MH17, Europe has resorted […]

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