from MacroScope:

Franco-German meeting

By Mike Peacock
October 20, 2014

German Finance Minister Schaeuble and his French counterpart Sapin attend news briefing after talks in Berlin

The big question of the week is whether financial market gyrations continue, worsen or calm. European stocks are being called higher at the open.

from MacroScope:

French budget to fire EU growth debate

By Mike Peacock
October 1, 2014

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France is unveiling its 2015 budget right now and it’s not making pretty reading, confirming that Paris will not get its budget deficit down to the EU limit of three percent of GDP until 2017, years after it should have done.

from Ian Bremmer:

Chinese leader’s reforms are bad news for Hong Kong protesters

By Ian Bremmer
September 8, 2014

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In 1997, Britain returned Hong Kong to China after some 150 years of colonial rule. In exchange, China agreed to a set of principles: Hong Kong would maintain its capitalist system for half a century, by which point its chief executive and members of the legislature would be elected by universal suffrage. As the thinking went, “one country, two systems” would suffice in the interim; Hong Kong and the Mainland would surely converge on democracy in the half-century to come.

from Breakingviews:

Asia’s top-down corporate reforms vary in promise

August 25, 2014

By Una Galani

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from MacroScope:

France flatlining

By Mike Peacock
May 15, 2014

We get a flood of EU GDP reports today. Germany’s figure, just out, has marginally exceeded forecasts with quarterly growth of 0.8 percent but France is underperforming again and stagnated in the first three months of the year, missing estimates of 0.2 percent growth.

from Breakingviews:

Hollande finally gets it. Can he do it?

January 15, 2014

By Pierre Briançon

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Edgy Optimist:

What America won in the ‘War on Poverty’

By Zachary Karabell
January 10, 2014

In an unabashed endorsement of government action to alleviate the plight of the poor, this week President Obama commemorated the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty with his own call for new policies to address the continued struggles of tens of millions of Americans.

from Breakingviews:

Four ways to tell China is serious about markets

November 13, 2013

By John Foley 

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Edward Hadas:

A call for radical financial reform

By Edward Hadas
October 9, 2013

The governments of developed countries have the power to rescue economies from defective finance. There is a radical solution. It would be relatively easy and at least as fair as the current slow generation-long recovery from the 2008 financial collapse.

from MacroScope:

Amnesty for undocumented immigrants would not burden U.S. economy – Levy Economics Institute

August 9, 2013

The recently passed Senate bill - S. 744, or the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act - that would take significant steps toward comprehensive reform, is being held up in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, with a “path to citizenship” for undocumented immigrants the apparent sticking point.