Category Archives: European debt crisis

Austerity backers in Europe in retreat ? Barroso calls for re-orientation to growth.

The head of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso has called for Europe to downgrade its austerity policies and re-emphasize policies which stimulate growth. He argues in a speech today , according to The Wall Street Journal,that austerity no longer … Continue reading

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Unemployment in Europe averages 12 % as of February 2013

The bitter fruits of austerity are on display in the latest unemployment report from Eurostat. Overall there are 26 million people out of work in Europe. unemployment averages 12 %. It is 10.8 % in France,7.7 % in the U.K., … Continue reading

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Robert Mundell, Columbia University economist criticizes overvalued euro which promotes unemployment and urges QE

Robert Mundell, a Nobel prize winning Canadian economist at Columbia University and a specialist on trade,exchange rates and currencies has wisely critiqued the European central bank for allowing an overvalued exchange rate on the euro which has harmed growth in … Continue reading

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Italian electorate rejects austerity by overwhelming margin

The Italian electorate has overwhelmingly rejected the austerity which its technocratic government led by Mario Monti with the backing of Germany had imposed on the country. Mr. Monti’s party according to La Repubblicca received a mere 10.5 % of the … Continue reading

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Europe still mired in austerity, slow growth and possible recession and excessive unemployment

The situation in Europe continues to be worrisome and exasperating. The stubborn ideologically driven opposition to stimulating the economy through major infrastructure and employment creating investments and a supportive low interest monetary policy including where appropriate quantitative easing is long … Continue reading

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Mark Carney chosen to head the Bank of England: Bold Decision Big Challenges Ahead

The Decision of the British government to appoint the Canadian central banker Mark Carney as the new Governor of the Bank of England , the crown jewel of central banks, is a bold decision by Chancellor George Osborne and PM … Continue reading

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The fall economic conversation: Hayek versus Keynes, Romney versus Obama, whither the global business cycle ?

Now that relative calm has  returned to Québec after the provincial election we can focus our attention on the broader economic issues that beset the global economy. The American election although currently focused on foreign policy appears set to return … Continue reading

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Poli 610:Macro-economic theory and policy after Keynes and the crash of 2008

Pol. 610  Macro-economic policy-making after Keynes Concordia University fall, 2012 Prof. H. Chorney tel. 848 2424 ext.2106  e mail Chorney@alcor.concordia.ca Office hours tba This course is an intensive examination of macro-economic policy-making and macro-economic theory in the light of recent … Continue reading

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Spanish austerity misguided policy

The government of Spain despite its horrible 24 % plus unemployment rate continues to implement further austerity policies . This guarantees a deeper and profound recession that damages the life chances of  a quarter or more of the Spanish population. … Continue reading

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Eurozone unemployment rises to 11.1 %.A major stimulus is required.

Eurostat has released their latest unemployment data and it is ugly. Unemployment has risen again to 11.1 % overall for the Eurozone led by a rise in Spain as well as a small rise in France. Only a major co-ordinated … Continue reading

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