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Swiss National Bank: Well Played!

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 03.18.2015 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

The market reaction was brutal, punishing the Euro and every foreign exchange and options trader on the wrong side of this trade. Some forex trading firms will go under. Foreign exchange trading desks within banks are, of course, part of ongoing unwilling taxpayer largesse.

3 Reasons The Euro Just Crashed To Its Lowest Level In 11 Years

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business

Book that European vacation now, America: It hasn't been this cheap in 11 years. The euro was in a crashy mood on Friday, briefly falling to its lo...

Monetary Union Works Because Europe Is Already Integrated

Mario Draghi | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Mario Draghi

There is a common misconception that the euro area is a monetary union without a political union. But this reflects a deep misunderstanding of what monetary union means. Monetary union is possible only because of the substantial integration already achieved among European Union countries -- and sharing a single currency deepens that integration. If European monetary union has proved more resilient than many thought, it is only because those who doubted it misjudged this political dimension.

The Political Consequences of Inequality

Harlan Green | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Europe is now suffering the same fate, with conservative governments in control and the debtor nations such as Greece still being punished, while Germany flourishes as it protects its own interests rather than that of the EU as a whole

The Future of Europe

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Think about it. One hundred years back Europe started The Great War. No need to repeat what everyone can read today on Wikipedia.

Italy Objects: The EU and the Ideology of Deficits

John Weeks | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
John Weeks

What happens to the euro zone economies affects the US economy, and grasping the essence of these packs and pacts is necessary to understand why euro Europe is stagnating.

Fear-Mongers on TV Spook Equities: Just in Time to Buy Cheap Before Great Earnings!

Terry Connelly | Posted 12.27.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Predictions of a new global recession began to appear in the financial media in early October just before the market took its dive, recycling much the same forecast that CNBC trotted out the previous October!

25 Of Europe's Banks Fail Stress Test

Reuters | Posted 12.26.2014 | Business

* 25 of 130 banks fail ECB test as of Dec. 2013 * Most have plugged capital hole, just 10 bln euros still needed * Ital...

Something Is Going to Happen

Jacques Attali | Posted 12.14.2014 | World
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Jacques Attali

Not being afraid of one's enemies, this is the real secret of the future. This is the secret of happy peoples.

Will CNBC Market Negativity Again Bail Out Short Hedge Funds?

Terry Connelly | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Any TV news organization would rather cover a train wreck than an on-time arrival at the station. But CNBC's constant denigration of the equity market begs a question: why on earth would the cable network do their level best day in and day out to scare viewers out of the markets that they covers?

Populist Death Wish for the Euro Would Plunge France into Depression

Jacques Attali | Posted 07.20.2014 | World
Jacques Attali

"The euro is to blame for everything. Without it, there would be no need for budgetary rigor and growth would return." This is surely the most absurd argument to arise from the nationalist and populist parties campaigning for the European Parliament elections.

European Union 2014: Another Chapter in the "Dis-integration" of the EU?

John Sydney Hopkins | Posted 07.16.2014 | World
John Sydney Hopkins

What has evolved over the last 20 or so years is a natural divergence between the fundamentally weaker and stronger economies, particularly since the onset of the global financial crisis five years ago.

Sleepless in Europe

Yanis Varoufakis | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Yanis Varoufakis

If "sleep is for wimps," as Mrs. Thatcher said, and a form of inefficiency, Europe should today be the land of efficiency and heroic leadership. It is, of course, neither.

5 Things You Need to Know to Profit in Europe

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

As an investor, misunderstandings and overreaction can offer some of the best opportunities to profit. Here, five widely held beliefs are challenged and attractive investment strategies revealed.

What Is Draghi Waiting For?

Pablo Zalba | Posted 06.16.2014 | World
Pablo Zalba

Since interest rates are already at record low, all expect the ECB to announce unconventional measures like the American style QE, which could increase inflation and give a small boost to the economy.

As Demand Improves, Time to Focus More on Supply

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The dynamics that were emerging at the time of the October 2013 World Economic Outlook are becoming more visible. Put simply, the recovery is strengthening.

The Jobs-Currency Connection in Greece

Dimitri B. Papadimitriou | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Dimitri B. Papadimitriou

Restoring domestic demand needs to be Greece's economic policy emphasis. Despite any downsides, a parallel currency that supports an employment guarantee program would be a U-turn towards rebuilding the population's purchasing power -- and rebuilding Greece's ravished economy.

Finally, the End of the Five-Year Armageddon Trade?

Terry Connelly | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Plenty of worry for the famous wall that markets often climb, but no Armageddon's on the horizon. Maybe we can get back to "normalcy" after all, even with increased market "volume" more to the upside.

Europe's Citizens No Longer Understand Where They Are Headed

Sylvie Goulard | Posted 04.19.2014 | World
Sylvie Goulard

Even if a lot has been done since the height of the euro crisis to clean up the economic and financial situation and to reform the governance of the euro, the status quo is untenable.

Euro Heretics: The Left Takes on the Euro

David Adler | Posted 02.18.2014 | Money
David Adler

The euro has happened. But is it a bad idea? Will it last? Despite the reality of the full-blown depressions in Southern Europe and pauperization of the middle and working classes there, European economists have not changed their tune.

The Plural of German is "Germen"

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 01.31.2014 | Business
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

The Germen are perfectly able to disseminate their euphoria and enthusiasm on top of their rigor and discipline. A New Europe shall then be born. Perhaps the "Pigs" can contribute with their creativity and improvisation which the Germen lack.

Madrid vs. Lisbon: Which Is Iberia's Top Pick?

Peter Mandel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Spain and Portugal are like fresh sangria and old port. They are different tastes. And while the Euro has helped to remake these countries in some similar ways, the two are like neighbors who roll their eyes at the shouts and spicy smells that drift from next door.

When Breaking News Is Only Headlines: Germany, the European Union and the U.S.

Edward Goldberg | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

Of all this week's international news -- the horrors in Kenya, Rouhani at the UN, the negotiations over Syria -- it is what some might call 'the boring German election' that will have the greatest long-term impact on the interests of the United States.

Jean-Claude Juncker: "I Was Always Fearful"

The European Magazine | Posted 09.17.2013 | World
The European Magazine

"Today's youth no longer relates to the accounts of peace and war. They seem to have forgotten that peace on this continent can't be taken for granted. We must learn to constantly substantiate the idea of a common European home."

Europe's Ghosts Are Here to Stay

Carlos Carnicero Urabayen | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
Carlos Carnicero Urabayen

As the lack of trust and discontent continue growing, the citizens are turning their back on the traditional pro-European political parties and supporting others who are against the EU.