The Great Debate UK

How will the Eurozone crisis end?

June 6, 2010

-Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School and a co-author of “Verdict on the Crash” published by the Institute of Economic Affairs. The opinions expressed are his own. -

The EU and the hedge funds: the vendetta goes on

May 24, 2010

You might have thought that, with the Eurozone in turmoil, the EU would have its hands too full to pursue its vendetta against hedge funds.

German elections bring forward a possible stalemate situation for EMU

April 28, 2010

-Jane Foley is research director at Forex.com. The opinions expressed are her own.-

from Breakingviews:

Greek default should not be taboo topic

By Edward Hadas
April 6, 2010

Forget about Greece for a moment. Just think about country X, which has lived well beyond its means for years thanks to loans from inattentive or foolishly optimistic lenders. When the crunch comes, the X-people will have to cut back on spending. And the X-lenders will generally suffer from the famous rule of banking: "Can't pay, won't pay."

Greece and the mythology of the EU

April 6, 2010

Laurence_Copeland- Laurence Copeland is a professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School and a co-author of “Verdict on the Crash” published by the Institute of Economic Affairs. The opinions expressed are his own. -

from MacroScope:

Brit shock horror: euro to survive

March 10, 2010

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Britons have never really got the euro zone. "Its not really going to happen, is it?" was a typical question from a City analyst to Reuters back in the mid-90s. The political drive behind the creation of the monetary union was beyond many in eurosceptic Britain.

from Global News Journal:

Does Greece really deserve such a market pummelling?

February 3, 2010

So there's no question Greece has work to do to improve its bookkeeping.

Not only must it get spending in check,  but it needs to be a bit more honest about where its finances stand in the first place. After all, it's not often an EU country says one month that its budget deficit is a little over three percent of GDP and admits a few weeks later that, oh dear, it's actually nearer 13 percent.

from Global News Journal:

Russia’s security proposals – about much more than security

December 13, 2009

medvedevWestern responses to President Dmitry Medvedev’s proposal for a new European-Atlantic security body that stretches from Vancouver to Vladivostok have ranged from dismissive to lukewarm. None have been enthusiastic.

from UK News:

Is Blair the man for the EU job?

October 27, 2009

BLAIR/Once he was regarded as an obvious front-runner for the job of EU president, then it was pointed out that it was unlikely anyone would be chosen from a country that is not in the eurozone, not in the Schengen border-free area and which has an exemption to the bloc's charter of fundamental rights.

from Global News Journal:

YOUR TURN TO ASK: Karel De Gucht, EU humanitarian aid chief

By Reuters Staff
October 13, 2009

** This post is from Alertnet, the Thomson Reuters Foundation's global  humanitarian news Web site.**