from The Great Debate:

Stubborn national politics drag down the global economy

By Gordon Brown
January 18, 2013

Four years ago world leaders, meeting in the G20 crisis session, agreed they would all work to move from recession to growth and prosperity.  They agreed to a global growth compact to be delivered by combining national growth targets with coordinated global interventions. It didn’t happen. After the $1 trillion stimulus of 2009, fiscal consolidation became the established order of the day, and so year after year millions have continued to endure unemployment and lower living standards.

Macro signs: Eying Europe’s bad news

September 7, 2010

A traffic light is pictured beside the Wall Street road sign in the financial district of New York September 19, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

President Obama’s latest stimulus plan involved some big numbers but it did little to lift the mood of investors.

G20 dilemmas amongst the golf balls

November 5, 2009

Interesting dilemmas facing G20 countries as their finance ministers and central bankers get together on the golf ball strewn Scottish coast ( a meeting in St Andrews we will be Live Blogging on MacroScope, by the way).

from Tales from the Trail:

Joltin’ Joe Biden defends economic stimulus program

July 26, 2009

If you thought the Obama administration's $787 billion economic stimulus program was meant to provide one big jolt to the economy, you've got it all wrong, Vice President Joe Biden says.

Watch out for the G20 spin

March 30, 2009

Be careful this week about buying wholeheartedy into any G20-related spin about supposedly savvy, free-spending Britain and America doing more to combat the world economic crisis than supposedly stubborn, overly cautious Germany and France. The actual figures show it is much more complex than that.