Wolfgang Grulke Yesterday in the Eurozone...

...a decision was made that is, in effect, the first step towards a fully-fledged European Monetary Fund. Perhaps their first decision will be to create a two-tier euro?
Posted: 22 July 2011 at 09:58

Doug Vining Saving the euro

The Economist reports that "Leaders say they will do “whatever is needed” to save the euro. But what is needed? The options are hard or costly."

Will there be a greater fiscal union as suggested in this report, or a 'split euro' as sketched in this MindBullet scenario? Like the impact of the French Revolution, it's too early to say...
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Posted: 3 August 2011 at 16:17

Wolfgang Grulke Eurozone's #1 problem: Germany?

Some interesting synthesis in this article. Here's the conluding paragraph: "Two conclusions flow: first, the problems of the eurozone are way bigger than a few small countries that spent too much. And second, Germany isn't a cut-out-and-keep model of how to manage a sound, socially just economy. We need to think a bit harder."

Indeed, our future will be determined by the quality of our thinking today, and how we execute it.
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Posted: 9 August 2011 at 09:53

Doug Vining If you bet on the euro, maybe it's time to panic

With analysts declaring that the current structure "does not work' there is bound to be a shake-up. What will the outcome be?

Is this a pre-cursor to another global financial crisis, or an opportunity for a new paradigm? What do you think?
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Posted: 6 September 2011 at 21:08

Doug Vining If you bet on the euro, maybe it's time to panic

The Economist:
"The relentless collapse in European bank shares is deeply worrying"
Posted: 15 September 2011 at 14:45

Wolfgang Grulke Swiss act on lack of competitiveness

The increasing value of the Swiss franc vs the (poor) euro has made Swiss products and services increasingly uncompetitive in the EuroZone. Their decision to effectively devalue the franc has left many investors bleeding - especially those who were advised to switch their cash reserves from the euro to a "safer" currency such as the Swiss franc.
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Posted: 7 September 2011 at 10:29

Doug Vining Swiss act on lack of competitiveness

Will this create increased demand for the British Pound, as an alternative 'safer' currency, or is the UK too enmeshed with EU economics?
Posted: 7 September 2011 at 10:34

Doug Vining Euro plus minus Britain

It was predicted that something would have to change. Either some countries would abandon the euro, or some greater degree of integration would have to be forced on members of the Eurozone.

The UK has, wisely or unwisely, or perhaps with no real palatable option, decided to opt out of further integration, keeping Britain on the outside of a more closely integrated Europe.

Will this see a rising fortune for Europe while the UK languishes, or the reverse, where Britain is spared from the fallout of the eurocrisis? The MindBullet we published some months ago seems ever more relevant!
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Posted: 9 December 2011 at 11:44

Wolfgang Grulke Euro plus minus Britain

It's scary that politicians and bureaucrats are incapable of standing back and asking "what do we IDEALLY want the EU look like (in say) 2020?" All they are doing at the moment is tinkering with a flawed design and implementation. The EU needs a Step-Change - who will have courage to suggest that, and make it happen?
Posted: 10 December 2011 at 19:14
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