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The more things change, the more they stay the same. While European finances and economies crumble, the battle rages on between Europe and nation states. Witness this week’s Merkozy agreement (for what it is worth, I love that name!). One of the features of their pact is that there will be no eurobonds. This has… » read more

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A story on the BBC website caught my eye this morning. It seems to suggest that the prospect of a German debt devaluation is appealing to some in the German government. Close followers of the eurozone debt debacle will remember the ‘leak’ from the German team negotiating with Greece some months ago that Greece might… » read more

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European Voice has recently produced a briefing document about Europe’s innovation policy. Titled “Innovation in Europe“, it really is an excellent beginners guide to what this oh-so-important policy area is all about. (It was actually released in print several weeks ago, but I have been waiting for it to land on their website before I… » read more

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Those that know me personally will likely have heard me say that economically the euro is a bad idea and everything will go wrong eventually. I have been saying it for years. Luckily for me, I have never been pressed with a question such as, “How will it go wrong?”. Something tells me that, “A… » read more

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After all that, €1 trillion euros buys a Greek referendum? Is that really the breathing space the world was hoping for? It seems difficult to describe this as anything less than a calamity for the EU, the Euro and especially for Greece. What sort of question should be put to the Greek voters? Do you… » read more

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As someone with a more than passing interest and knowledge in politics, policy, finance and markets, I am less than convinced about the idea of greater fiscal integration amongst EU or eurozone countries. This lack of personal support might be because I am British and we are pretty much born and bred eurosceptics. Or it… » read more

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With yet another summit about the debt crisis looming, is there any hope? A quick scan of the news this morning shows multiple media quoting French Finance Minister Francois Baroin as saying that Europe needs to send a “strong message” about Greece and the Euro. Is that it? A strong message??? The time for a… » read more

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On Wednesday this week, the Brussels based Lisbon Council hosted an event about IP and copyright laws titled, “How the Intellectual Property Framework Supports Innovation and Growth“. Your author has been doing a lot of reading about these topics in recent weeks and found this to be another very interesting event from the Lisbon Council.… » read more

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Today’s European Voice (11/06/09) had a story suggesting that Latvia is in for shock therapy. This did not seem to be as seriously regarded in the paper as might be justified. In 2007, Canadian journalist Naomi Klein published “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism”. In this extraordinary book, Klein argues that the influence… » read more

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