Search Results for "Germany" : 43

by / on October 13, 2012 at 11:59 am / in Opinion, World

Under Pressure

…lete shift to the extremes, and an experiment to reform a war-torn continent in tatters. It is safe to say that Germany, the sole economic powerhouse in Europe at the moment, has been instrumental in holding the euro together.  For example, last month, the German court ratified the European Stability Mechanism, the permanent bailout mechanism. This newly created fund will increase Germany’s deficit from €26 billion to €29 billion and Germany’s c…

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by / on March 13, 2013 at 12:33 pm / in Europe, Opinion, World

The Future of Europe: Break up or federalism?

…thing. However, every country in the southern periphery has been ordered to reduce labor unit costs relative to Germany, but it would be absurd to think Germany would not attempt to do the same.  Trying to increase competitiveness at the same time is a zero-sum game.  A fixation on solely increasing competitiveness will not guarantee a return to prosperity because the basic problem holding back prospects of recovery is a huge lack of aggregate d…

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by / on May 4, 2011 at 4:06 am / in Europe, Issue, Main Menu, World

Behind the Burqa Bans

…ho found herself the target of international condemnation just weeks later for her ringing declaration that “[in Germany] multiculturalism has failed.” Germany’s leaders are not soloists in this chorus of jingoist rhetoric: the leaders of France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands have all expressed similar nativist sentiments. This represents a marked departure from the idyllic progressive toleration often touted by the Old Wo…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:38 pm / in Business, Domestic

Waiting for Labor’s Day

…blem with this argument is that it has been disproved by European social democracies such as France, Sweden, and Germany, which have all largely cooperated with laborers’ demands. Laborers in these countries have enjoyed steady increases in wages, particularly in Germany, where, adjusted for inflation, German workers’ pay has risen almost 30 percent since 1985. Compare this with the 6 percent increase in the average real hourly pay that American…

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by / on November 30, 2011 at 1:30 pm / in Most Recent Column, Op-Ed, Opinion, Uncategorized, World

Who Will Save the Euro? Nicht Ich

…tering recession, only to start the cycle all over again. Dramatic action by the European Central Bank (ECB) and Germany is necessary if disaster is to be avoided. The ECB needs not only to severely loosen monetary policy, but also abandon its conservative demeanor and accept its role as one of the only institutions capable of taking dramatic action to save the euro. Germany likewise needs to buck up. Although it is the only country with the reso…

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by / on February 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm / in Opinion, World

A Sisyphean Effort

…ed austerity measures are not likely to help this number at all. What is strange about the measures advocated by Germany and the European Union is that, in addition to decreasing pensions and healthcare spending, they are attempting to cut the size of the Greek public sector workforce. This is strange because it is not the approach that Germany took to successfully steer themselves away from the deep recession and high unemployment numbers that a…

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by / on September 29, 2013 at 10:44 am / in Opinion, World

Political Minutes: Herman Van Rompuy

…h everybody was spying on everybody,” he said, emphasizing the extreme sensitivity of the issue to Europeans. On Germany’s elections, however, Van Rompuy was quick to laud Merkel’s victory as “exceptional.” “She did it without spin doctors, without a huge communication strategy, without lying,” he said. But more importantly, all while navigating the economic crisis. De Grazia shaped Van Rompuy’s thoughts on Germany into a broader discussion on th…

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by / on November 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, Uncategorized, World

President of the World

by photo from Wikimedia Commons “Of course world affairs are a challenge for every candidate. After — some of you guys remember — after my foreign trip in 2008 I was attacked as a celebrity because I was so popular with our allies overseas and I have to say I am impressed with how well Governor Romney has avoided that problem.” Barack Obama,  Alfred E. Smith Dinner, October 2012 President Obama must really wish that foreign voters wer…

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by / on August 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Olympics Mean Nothing Politically Anymore

…neuvering, and neither the U.S. nor the USSR acted alone: in 1980 America rallied Canada, Japan, China, and West Germany, all of which refused to send athletes to Moscow; in ’84 the USSR kept Bulgaria, Mongolia, Vietnam, and East Germany from participating in the games. And these are just recent cases; examples abound from all points in Olympic history and from countries around the globe. In 1964 South Africa was banned from taking part in the To…

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by / on February 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm / in Opinion, World

Lessons From Mali

by The international community has warmly welcomed the French intervention in Mali, of which the stated goal is to save the country from collapse. There has been a lot of talk and questions about whether France has found its Afghanistan, and certain commentators have started to dub northern Mali the new “Afrighanistan.” Though the war is for now strictly a French matter, the absence of a concrete EU policy on the question offers three…

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