The Great Debate UK

from Breakingviews:

Greek agony must galvanize the euro periphery

April 23, 2010

The emergency numbers are ringing. Greek 10-year debt yields are ballooning to well over 8 percent. The country cannot sustainably finance itself. The debt of other troubled euro zone countries -- Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Italy -- is vulnerable to contagion. Help for Greece from the International Monetary Fund and European Union can't come too soon. But the probable rescue must be a spur not a salve, in Greece and outside it.

from Global News Journal:

If Greece’s debt dam breaks, who gets wet?

April 13, 2010

The 16 countries that share the euro single currency have agreed they will help Greece out if it needs. So far so good. But only now is the nitty-gritty of how member states will go about paying for their contributions being hammered out. And suddenly things are getting a little complicated.

from Breakingviews:

How to tell you’re not Greece — yet

April 12, 2010

By Rob Cox and Agnes T. Crane

Greece may be enviable as the ancient cradle of democracy -- but no country wants to emulate its contemporary fiscal troubles.

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. -

What’s next in EMU after Greece deal?

March 26, 2010

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

from MacroScope:

Brit Euro Shock Horror: Part II

March 16, 2010

A week ago we ran a post on MacroScope noting, in part, that Britons have a strange relationship with the euro, sometimes bordering on disbelief that it exists at all. Some new numbers from the monthly Bank of America Merrill Lynch fund managers poll underline the extent of UK scepticism compared with that of others.

Is Hyde Park for sale?

March 16, 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. -

The Greek story is not over yet

March 12, 2010

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