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U.S. fights fire, Germans fear flood

By Paul Taylor
March 23, 2009

Paul Taylor Great Debate-- Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

The United States is fighting a fire in the world economy, but Germany and some other European countries fear a flood of inflation as a result.

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First 100 Days: What not to do in public diplomacy

March 21, 2009

Kristin Lord-- Kristin Lord is a fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of the recent report, “Voices of America: U.S. Public Diplomacy for the 21st Century.” The views expressed are her own. --

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New rules won’t end London’s golden lure

March 20, 2009

-- Alexander Smith is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

alex-smithNew regulations may be cooked up to curb the excesses of its bankers but London will always attract those who believe its streets are paved with gold.

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Time to rethink inflation targeting

March 19, 2009

John Kemp Great Debate-- John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own --

It is time to add another victim to the ever-growing list of institutions (Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers) and theories (value at risk, fair value accounting and originate to distribute) which have been tested by the financial crisis and found wanting. The central bank practice of inflation targeting -- the jewel in the crown of modern monetary economics -- has palpably failed.

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No safe haven for artful tax dodgers

By Alexander Smith
March 18, 2009

Alex Smith-GreatDebate-- Alexander Smith is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Big countries have got the world's tax havens running scared. They must now press home their advantage to stop such countries providing oases for tax dodgers and money launderers.

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Wen’s U.S. posturing doesn’t matter – yet

March 18, 2009

James Saft Great Debate -- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

What is more remarkable, that the premier of America's largest creditor publicly raised concerns about U.S. creditworthiness or that the market took the news so easily in its stride?

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“Truman doctrine” could boost IMF firepower

By Paul Taylor
March 17, 2009

Paul Taylor Great Debate-- Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

The day before he returned to the U.S. Treasury for six weeks to help the understaffed Obama administration, Edwin Truman published a proposal to give the International Monetary Fund more firepower to fight the financial crisis.

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Divorce marked to market

March 16, 2009

MARKETS-GLOBAL /-- Margaret Doyle is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own --

The Myerson divorce case in Britain makes compelling reading, as all rich bust-ups do. Regardless of whether the judges make Ingrid Myerson hand back 3.2 million pounds of her 11.1 million pound payout to compensate for the decline in her ex-husband's shares, she is a lucky woman.

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Raising the price of alcohol

March 16, 2009

Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson has recommended that the government should sharply raise the price of alcohol  to try to combat Britain's chronic drinking problem.