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Europe's Banks Versus European Democracy

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.29.2012 | Business
Robert Kuttner

Germany profits because the more that financial markets flee from the bonds of other nations, the more money pours into German government bunds, reducing German costs of borrowing. So, what is to be done? If Hollande is elected President of France next week and attempts to pursue a growth policy in one country, as President Francois Mitterrand tried in the 1980s, he will be punished both by money markets and by other leaders. When Mitterrand tried expansion in one country, the result was capital flight and pressure against the franc. In those years, currencies were vulnerable to conservative financial pressures. Today, with a single European currency, it's government bonds that are under attack. But it's the same story.

Spanish Economy In 'Crisis Of Huge Proportions'

Reuters | Posted 06.26.2012 | Business

* S&P downgrades Spanish government debt * Unemployment rate rises more than expected * Retail sales continue to sli...