Time Unlikely to be a Healer for Portugal's Economy

In a strict sense, the answer to this question has to be no and indeed the most recent turn of events have put Spain back in the spotlight much to the chagrin no doubt of the EU and IMF. Simply put, Portugal is manageable but Spain may turn out not to be. In this . . . → Read More: Time Unlikely to be a Healer for Portugal’s Economy

Ireland, Miracles, and Women

The Atlantic had a short look at the state of the Irish economy of late: Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Ireland! Now About That Miserable Economy …

Hard not to mention that Ireland was once pointed out as paragon for Pittsburgh to follow. See in the PG: We can import the Irish miracle.

Times change.

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Can the Eurozone Survive?

The ongoing difficulties in overcoming the persistence of debt-to-GDP ratio in EU countries highlight the question whether the European Monetary Union can survive the set of shocks which prevailed since the 2008/2009 economic and financial crisis. Recently, European Commission has presented the 2010 review of public finances in EMU (link), suggesting that macroeconomic outlook . . . → Read More: Can the Eurozone Survive?

Germany is Old Too

So, the butcher’s bill on Ireland is in and stands at 85 billion Euro jointly financed by the EU (the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF) and the European Financial Stability Mechanism), the IMF and bilateral loans from a number of countries including Sweden, Denmark and the UK. Of course, it only worked a . . . → Read More: Germany is Old Too

Markets Likely to Applaud Irish Bailout Terms

On Monday, markets will likely applaud the 85 billion euro bail-out of the Irish economy from the International Monetary Fund and European Union financing.

Over the weekend, the rescue package was approved at a meeting of European Union finance ministers in Brussels.

The overall financing includes up to 35 billion euro to support the . . . → Read More: Markets Likely to Applaud Irish Bailout Terms

Bailout in the Air

With apologies to John Paul Young …

Bailout in the air

Everywhere I look around

Bailout in the air

Every sight and every sound

And I don’t know if it’s just the Irish

Don’t know if we can afford it

But it’s something that I must believe in

And it’s there when I look . . . → Read More: Bailout in the Air

Who is Next in the Eurozone?

The Eurozone seems to be the place where the party never ends these days as one skeleton after the other comes rattling out of the closet. Indeed, one has the impression that history is in the making these days and the only thing we can hope is that it will be for the better.

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All Eyes on Europe (or was that Seoul?)

Life can be incredibly cruel sometimes. Only a week after Bernanke gave markets an early Christmas present with another helicopter drop the SP500 is stuttering and it seems, much as many astute observers have argued, that the real effect from QE lies in the announcement itself. Further, and to add insult to injury . . . → Read More: All Eyes on Europe (or was that Seoul?)

The Economic Future of Ireland

The economic and financial crisis of 2008/2009 hit Ireland heavily. The asset price bubble and the subsequent deflation have added to the uncertain macroeconomic outlook. How did the country went from the times of the “Irish miracle” to the prolonged economic slowdown? Following the beginning of the 2008/2009 economic and financial crisis, Ireland was . . . → Read More: The Economic Future of Ireland

Has the Market Finally Gotten it on the Eurozone Periphery?

Popular wisdom has it that markets are always right or, more appropriately; that if you find your self on the wrong side of the market consensus the best cause of action is to join the ranks less you want to be rolled over by a steamroller. However, it may take some time before the . . . → Read More: Has the Market Finally Gotten it on the Eurozone Periphery?