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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.

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.

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 | 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...


Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.17.2012 | World
Jeff Danziger


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 | 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 ...

Europe's Post-Merkozy Gridlock

Rajan Menon | Posted 07.09.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

Germany can refuse to budge on austerity, but for how long if its remedies don't cure Europe's ailing economies?

A Question of Timing: What America Can Learn From the Revolt in Europe

Robert Reich | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

Yes, America has a long-term budget deficit that's scary. So does Europe. But the first priority in America and in Europe must be growth and jobs.

Germany Unmoved By Anti-Austerity Votes In France, Greece

Reuters | Noah Barkin and Stephen Brown | Posted 05.07.2012 | Business

By Noah Barkin and Stephen Brown BERLIN, May 7 (Reuters) - Germany is ruling out any substantive shift in its approach to Europe's debt crisis desp...

A Tale of Two Elections

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.07.2012 | World
Robert Kuttner

Watching the jubilation at the Place de la Bastille last night, where the Socialist candidate Francois Hollande was declared the next President of France precisely at 8:00 p.m., followed by delirious chants of "Sarkozy, c'est fini!" I couldn't help thinking of Grant Park, November 2008.

Europe's Lurch to the Fringe

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.03.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

Since the political middle ground has failed to deliver, voters are seeking solace through increasingly political candidates spouting extremist rhetoric, and raising the prospects of parties on the far right and left.

The French Choice

Miles Jaffe | Posted 06.25.2012 | Politics
Miles Jaffe

The election of Hollande would lead to a major change in German-French relations. The prospect of German-French discord in Europe offers at minimum good theatre.

Jon Ward

Europe's Growing Economic Woes Loom Over Race For White House | Jon Ward | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The economic situation in Europe -- which many observers believe will have a significant impact on whether President Obama will be reele...

French Frontrunner François Hollande: "The French Don't Work Less Than Others"

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 06.20.2012 | World
Elisabeth Braw

A President of France who has never been a cabinet minister? Until recently, the thought would have been absurd. But the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal has thrown France into turmoil. François Hollande, the mild-mannered regional governor, is leading the polls.

President Sarkozy to Press: 'See You Tomorrow, Pedophile Friends'

Mitch Feierstein | Posted 06.17.2012 | World
Mitch Feierstein

Sarkozy's tendency to honesty doesn't seem to extend as far as an appetite for debate. Given a hard ride by some journalists in relation to a major current corruption scandal -- hardly a topic that journalists ought to avoid -- Sarkozy raged at them.

German Leader: 'Greece Now Has A Chance'

Reuters | Posted 05.30.2012 | Business

PRAGUE, March 31 (Reuters) - Greece has gone a long way on the path of reforms and now stands a chance to overcome its debt crisis but still faces m...

A Sermonette on Prediction and Its Discontents

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.29.2012 | Business
Robert Teitelman

In the Financial Times, Stein Ringen, a professor of sociology at Oxford, takes a lash to forecasting-happy economists, this time over the eurozone. The column provides a lesson in how difficult it is to resist the allure of prediction and the appeal of the simple dichotomy.