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Which Road for Europe?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 08.11.2012 | Business
Robert Kuttner

Angela Merkel's increasing isolation among European leaders should increase the chances that the austerity mongers may yet relent. But Merkel, thus far, shows no sign of moderating her stance.

Why Is Europe's Crisis Not Abating?

Moisés Naím | Posted 08.07.2012 | World
Moisés Naím

I think the economic crisis in Europe keeps growing because of a diabolical combination of ignorance, too much power concentrated in too few hands, and the fact that those who ought to be making the necessary decisions lack the power.

Is Merkel the Herman Cain of the Eurozone: NEIN - NEIN - NEIN? (And Why It Matters to the U.S.)

Terry Connelly | Posted 08.06.2012 | World
Terry Connelly

Sometimes it seems that the chancellor would rather go down in history as the German who sank the euro rather than appear to be following a made-in-America idea.

The Waiting Game

Irene Finel-Honigman | Posted 08.05.2012 | World
Irene Finel-Honigman

The first half of June will be hot, nervous and slow. This is neither a weather forecast nor a traffic report but a commentary on the timeline facing the EU.

Can Merkel Be Moved?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 08.04.2012 | Business
Robert Kuttner

Because Germany, uniquely among European nations, is enjoying an economic boom, it will take real courage for the German Social Democrats to propose a fundamentally different course.

Bonjour, Merkel

Daniel Nehemia | Posted 08.01.2012 | Teen
Daniel Nehemia

Less than a month after France chose her new president and few months before Germany starts her own elections campaigns, Europe is dealing with a collapse of more countries in the eurozone.

Austerity: 2011's Darling Becomes 2012's Pariah

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.29.2012 | Business
Arianna Huffington

There's a new scarlet letter in town. Actually, it's the same letter -- "A" -- but it stands for a different word that's increasingly regarded as shameful: Austerity. The darling idea of 2010 and 2011 has become the pariah concept of 2012. And the evidence of profound change is all around, from France and Greece to Germany and -- gasp -- the Republican Party. The change, when it comes to the conventional wisdom on austerity, has come from a combination of public pressure and leadership: one pushing up from below, the other pressing down from above. None of this means that we should break out the Keynesian champagne any time soon. But it's clear the forces of austerity are in retreat. And that's a very good thing.

Greece and the Eurozone: Weakness Brings Power

Rajan Menon | Posted 07.28.2012 | Politics
Rajan Menon

These issues doubtlessly need to be addressed, but what's notable is the sea change in the conversation. Ideas that were once off the table are now being taken up by EU governments and organizations and Euro pundits. The austerity discourse no longer dominates. Why?

As Goes Greece

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.28.2012 | World
Robert Kuttner

Historians will look back on the spring of 2012 as moment when Europe's institutions and leaders either failed to contain a deepening crisis -- or as a time when leadership grasped the common stakes and rose to the occasion.

Merkel's Party Plunges In Polls After State Elections Flop

AP | Posted 07.23.2012 | World

BERLIN -- A new poll finds support for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives has fallen after an embarrassing election defeat in Germany's most pop...

Which Way for Europe?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.20.2012 | World
Robert Kuttner

While Greece is right on the razor's edge of default, and may yet be granted some overdue relief, the prospects for broader European recovery are still very bleak until the politics get a lot more radical.

At G8 Summit, Obama Emphasizes Growth Over Austerity

AP | BEN FELLER and JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 05.20.2012 | World

CAMP DAVID, Md. -- Confronting an economic crisis that threatens them all, President Barack Obama and leaders of other world powers on Saturday declar...

Obama Cracks Jokes While Greeting High-Profile Guests

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 07.19.2012 | Politics

CAMP DAVID, Md. — Freedom of the press is a bit different at the G-8 summit. At Camp David, a highly secure compound in the woods ringed by lay...

Europe's Economic Woes Overshadow G8 Summit

Reuters | Posted 07.18.2012 | World

By Jeff Mason and Laura MacInnis CAMP DAVID, Md., May 19 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama pledged at a Group of Eight summit on...

Jon Ward

Romney Embraces Growth, Leaving Austerity To Europe

HuffingtonPost.com | Jon Ward | Posted 05.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Austerity is out. Growth is in. And Mitt Romney's campaign has taken notice. Politicians in Europe and in President Barack Obama's...

Let Greece Do Debt Cold Turkey

Eric Margolis | Posted 07.18.2012 | World
Eric Margolis

What would happen to Greece if it quit the euro? Financial chaos, capital flight, riots and bank failures... maybe. But after the apocalypse, Greece would eventually revert to its 1960's status: a poor but proud nation living off tourism, shipping, agriculture and fishing.

Germany's Merkel Pushes Greece To Hold Vote On Staying In Eurozone

Reuters | Posted 07.18.2012 | Business

* Greece says Merkel, Papoulias discussed referendum * German spokesman denies Merkel proposed idea * Greek parties angr...

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Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.17.2012 | World
Jeff Danziger

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A Primer on the Eurozone Crisis and How It Could Affect Us

Robert J. Shapiro | Posted 07.16.2012 | World
Robert J. Shapiro

Only by leaving can Greece reissue the drachma and let it devalue sharply. Everything Greek will be available at fire sale prices, which will attract foreign investors and make Greek exports price competitive. Greece and its people will be left a lot poorer, but that's also now inevitable.

Ryan Grim

'Off With Their Heads': U.S. Politicians Eye Europe Warily

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

Ned Simons reported from London, Alexandre Phalippou from Paris, and Ryan Grim from Washington. When Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke ventured...

Whither Eurozone Austerity?

Rajan Menon | Posted 07.15.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

Europe's political winds have shifted over the past month. The first sign of this preceded the event now being hailed as the catalyst, Sarkozy's loss in France's presidential election, and it occurred in an unlikely place: the Netherlands.

Newly Inaugurated French President's Plane Hit By Lightning

Reuters | Posted 05.17.2012 | World

PARIS, May 15 (Reuters) - A presidential jet carrying newly inaugurated French President Francois Hollande was hit by lightning en route to Berlin and...

Extreme Parenting Made Simple

Juliet Linley | Posted 07.13.2012 | Parents
Juliet Linley

What most people seem to ignore is that creating an attachment bond with your baby is about putting your child's needs ahead of yours. It's as simple as that. Seriously.

Aging Citizens Contribute to National Growth

Michael Hodin | Posted 07.14.2012 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

From Athens, Greece, to Madison, Wisconsin, the common theme today is said to be "austerity versus growth."

Merkel, Austerity Policies Dealt Blow

Reuters | Posted 07.13.2012 | World

* Projections show worst post-war result in state for CDU * Result could harden opposition to Berlin's austerity policies ...