Posted by Larry Doyle on November 17th, 2011 10:36 AM |
What will be the end game for the European Union? Clearly the EU will not and cannot maintain the status quo.
With contagion clearly spreading throughout the EU and by extension the global economy, the stakes within the EU are raised almost on a daily basis. Where will this end up?
Who knows but what we do know is that the “road to perdition” or some form of “extended purgatory” will ultimately run not through Brussels, nor London, nor Paris, nor Athens, nor Rome but through the German capital of Berlin.
What are the Germans thinking? What might they have in store? (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on February 12th, 2010 7:11 AM |
No rest for the weary.
If you thought yesterday’s nice 1% upward move in our equity markets was a precursor for calmer and stronger markets ahead, think again.
Overnight developments in China, Greece, and Germany are clear signs that our economic landscape remains challenging and our markets remain fragile. Let’s navigate:
Posted by Larry Doyle on March 24th, 2009 12:52 PM |
I wrote earlier today about the ongoing pressure being applied on our senior financial representatives in Washington by their counterparts in China. In Congressional testimony this morning, both Secretary Geithner and Fed chair Bernanke have discounted China’s call for a new international reserve currency.
The Obama administration is not only being pressured by China prior to the upcoming G-20. Our European allies also have a decidedly different tact on the appropriate financial maneuvers for global governments at this time. While the United States is currently promoting the need for massive fiscal stimulus on a global basis, the WSJ reports from Europe, ECB Chief Says Stimulus Not Needed.
Posted by Larry Doyle on March 2nd, 2009 6:00 AM |
The other day I highlighted the fact that 12 eastern European countries would solicit a bailout from the European Union over the weekend in Brussels. I defined this bloc of eastern European countries as currently the Weakest Link in the global economy. Well, if they were the weakest link then they just got weaker as they were rebuffed in their request for aid.
The dynamic at work in the weekend’s emergency meeting held in Brussels is a play on beggar-thy-neighbor policies implemented during times of economic stress.
There are actually a number of factors influencing the European Union’s refusal to provide bailout money to these eastern European nations. Included in these factors are the following: (more…)
Posted by Larry Doyle on February 26th, 2009 4:30 PM |
I have always been intrigued by Germany. From the history of the republic, to the wars, the division and reunification, Berlin, Munich, the food, the beer — there is a lot going on there. I had the good fortune of spending a college semester in Freiburg, which is in the southwestern corner of the country. “Wie geht’s,” meaning “how are you,” evokes many pleasant memories. The education both inside the classroom and out was fabulous.
There is little doubt that Germany carries the most weight within the European Union. Germany suffered massive inflation after the Weimar Republic and the fear of hyperinflation is deeply embedded in their culture. Given my experience and interest, I watch developments there fairly closely. (more…)