Posts Tagged ‘Greece’

The Great Greek Default


Tuesday February 7th, 2012   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 10:27am PST   •   1 Comment

Just last October, Greece received a huge injection of bailout funds to help avert bankruptcy but the country remains on the brink of default. Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos plans to gather the nation’s political leaders in an attempt to garner consensus on the necessary budget cuts. But the party chiefs have only agreed…
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The Euro in Retrospect


Wednesday December 28th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 10:12am PST   •   3 Comments

In a NBER working paper, Martin Feldstein argues that the Euro “should now be recognized as an experiment that has led to the sovereign debt crisis in several countries, the fragile condition of major European banks, the high levels of unemployment, and the large trade deficits that now exist in most Eurozone countries.” The…
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Italy Getting the Boot


Wednesday November 9th, 2011   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 8:49am PST   •   0 Comments

First, it was Greece circling the drain. Today, it’s Italy that’s getting set to enter the national-debt death spiral. Via ZeroHedge (original source misspellings not corrected): Euphoria may have returned briefly courtesy of yet another promise for a resignation that will likely not be effectuated for weeks or months, if at all, and already…
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European Central Bank: Draghi Steps into Deeply Entrenched Source of Monetary Evil


Thursday November 3rd, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 7:47am PDT   •   2 Comments

New president Mario Draghi takes the reigns of the ECB, lowering the benchmark rate 25 basis points to 1.25 percent. The move is touted as a step to avert a looming recession and offset the tension caused by the ongoing sovereign debt crisis. Draghi takes office in a climate of extreme uncertainty. Greece is…
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In a new agreement reported by William Boston in the Wall Street Journal, “Want to Buy a Piece of a Greek Island?”, the government of Greece is taking steps to sell off and privatize a small amount of its enormous holdings of government-owned property. Will this properly begin the process of divesting to the…
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A Value Added Tax Will Not Reduce the Deficit!


Thursday November 18th, 2010   •   Posted by Randall Holcombe at 9:41pm PST   •   0 Comments

Politicians have been advocating a value added tax (VAT) for decades, and with the huge projected federal deficits interest in a VAT seems to be increasing lately. Last Spring Paul Volker was suggesting one, and David Theroux recently noted in his blog Paul Krugman’s support. Alice Rivlin and Pete Domenici suggest a 6.5% “debt…
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As the Wall Street Journal reports in an article by Mark Whitehouse, “Number of the Week: $10.2 Trillion in Global Borrowing”: $10.2 trillion: The amount of money advanced-nation governments will need to borrow in 2011 As the debts of advanced countries rise to levels not seen since the aftermath of World War II, it’s…
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