No, this is definitely not referring to Angela Merkel. Rather, it is a different tactical approach, looking to instill some much needed humor in the midst of an extremely serious population. And if you can laugh at your own follies, you're half-way towards some serious self-(social) criticism.
On July 1, one of the EU's smallest states and most recent members -- the Republic of Cyprus -- assumed the six month presidency of the E.U. There are three reasons why Cyprus' presidency will be of such great consequence.
While some economies are crashing, the celebrity of some economists is booming. One of these celebrated economists is Martin Wolf, the chief economics commentator at the Financial Times and surely one of the world's most influential columnists.
American politicians are keen to advise Europe's leaders on fiscal and economic policy. But why should Europe listen to those whose failed policies are at the root of the current problems?
For Europe to minimize external headwinds, the U.S. needs both to avoid another sub-100,000 job creation print and to deliver improving indicators of long-term unemployment and labor force anticipation.
If the heads of states now embark on the path toward more integration and sacrifice some national sovereignty for common financial policies, the euro will be the next global reserve currency. And nobody will even remember this crisis.
If Europe continues its steady march to financial depression and collapse of the Euro, no politician will be more to blame than German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Economics is a cruel game. The stakes are life and death. The driving theory is simplistic, mechanical, with a cauldron of emotion and judgment bubbling just below the surface.
When everyone is going in one direction, it's worth taking the opposite route, the contrarian option, the "road less traveled." Here is my recommendation for the next few years.
Greece continues to gamble with its eurozone membership with the misguided belief that it can soften demands for austerity, without threatening its bailout. Instead, it is the lack of a sufficient firewall, rather than a commitment to Greece remaining within the e
Haven't similar experiences in the debt crises of the 1980's, Russia in 1998, and Argentina in 2001 taught us that waiting too long to restructure in situations of clear insolvency can be more costly in the end?
Americans must wonder how a faltering economy in Greece (population: approximately 11 million) can cause a rupture in the entire economic foundation of the eurozone, which is supported by a population of 332 million. Don't worry, we all ask ourselves this question from time to time.
The only real solution for insolvent Europe is to explicitly default on the debt to a level that brings PIIGS countries to a debt to GDP ratio below 60 percent.
I checked my email for the last time and found out that my editor wanted me to go to Greece to cover the elections there. The last time I left my son for more than a day was when he was 3 1/2.
The Greeks have deactivated the switch that threatened to blow Europe sky high. Antonis Samaras's New Democracy party victory in Greece does not in and of itself solve Athens' problems, nor those plaguing the rest of Europe's capitals. The boxer is still on the ropes, but the bell has been rung, ending the round; and that gives Europe time to recover, though it will have to keep fighting. In addition this week, if seen as part and parcel to what happened in Greece, the result of France's legislative elections and the majority that President Hollande now boasts both act as a serious warning to Angela Merkel in Germany. The message is clear: we are willing to go forward, but the pernicious austerity strategy that is pushing us into the abyss must be reconsidered.
For European leaders, the central challenge is bigger, and has been mounting for years: How to stabilize a single monetary union that allows for 17 different fiscal policies