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Spain in better shape than Germany, according to Der Spiegel

The newspaper El Economista alluded in its Wednesday edition to an article appeared in the magazine Der Spiegel, in which the German publication criticises the German government “because it likes to pride itself of its solid finances, when Germany’s budget management is not exemplary and the national debt could be above the EU limit.” These are some of the most direct statements made in Der Spiegel to chancellor Angela Merkel:…


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Clouds over France

France’s economy is coming to a standstill. The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) for France declined 0.6 percent in September to 112.8 (taking 2004 as benchmark), following a 0.5 percent decline in August, and a 0.3 percent decline in July. The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index (CEI) for France, a measure of current economic activity, though, was unchanged in September at 105.6, following a 0.1 percent increase in August, and a 0.1 percent…



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“Germany’s Inflation Fetish”

NEW YORK | Debt market turmoil and Spain’s borrowing squeeze is now hot news in the US. Experts are talking about investors fears, record-high interest rates and credit freeze but some of them are also lining up for an idea: Berlin and others with big surpluses need to save less and spend more. For The Huffington Post Business editor, Peter S. Goodman, “Germany’s inflation fetish is a major global economic…


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“Germany must allow the ECB to inject €3tr”, says Morgan Stanley

By Julia Pastor, in Madrid | The shared understanding between Berlin and Paris, that is, between chancellor Angela Merkel and president Nicolas Sarkozy, has suffered a breakdown for the first time since the euro crisis began. The reason is their different views on what role the European Central Bank (ECB) should be playing for the euro crisis to find a way out. While France defends giving the European Financial Stability…




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Vidal-Folch’s response to the City of London: “rubbish”

In last Thursday’s edition, the Spanish newspaper El País included in its business pages an opinion piece by journalist Xavier Vidal-Folch about the systematic opposition of the City of London to the Tobin tax. The main thesis of the article is that London is blocking the tax to protect speculators and tax havens. With this idea as the main point, Vidal-Folch reels out facts and reflections, some of which we…


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Vidal-Folch's response to the City of London: "rubbish"

In last Thursday’s edition, the Spanish newspaper El País included in its business pages an opinion piece by journalist Xavier Vidal-Folch about the systematic opposition of the City of London to the Tobin tax. The main thesis of the article is that London is blocking the tax to protect speculators and tax havens. With this idea as the main point, Vidal-Folch reels out facts and reflections, some of which we…


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Not one sterling pound to save the euro!

To help or not help the euro zone? This is the question about which the British prime minister David Cameron is being forced to discuss in and out of his own government. Meanwhile, the reflections of the country’s economy look healthy only by comparison against the battered image of the European continent at the financial mirror.  LONDON | You may not know Jeremy Browne, but when you read the recent remarks…