I had not expected the audience of Chinese financial regulators to laugh hysterically at my remarks on the eurozone economy. It took a further five minutes for their conversations in Mandarin to subside. The subject of my talk, the future of the eurozone, normally invites anxiety rather than mirth. My goal was to outline the [...]
This box accompanied my Fund Strategy cover story on the current state of the eurozone. There is a sharp divide among experts on whether there will be a dramatic leap towards eurozone integration following the German elections on 22 September. Many argue that German politicians have postponed decisive action till after the polls while others [...]
This is the main text for my latest Fund Strategy cover story that examines the state of the eurozone. The original layout in the magazine, including accompanying graphs, can be found here. Many have made such claims before but this time around there is significant evidence that the eurozone is finally recovering from its slump. [...]
This book review was first published on spiked on Friday. One of the most shocking political developments of recent years was the lack of any public outcry at the imposition of unelected regimes in Greece and Italy. In fact, the installation of technocratic governments in both countries in the midst of the Eurozone economic crisis [...]
Spiked has published my review of two contrasting books on the European Union. I will upload the full text over the weekend.
The eurozone seems to have stumbled over one of the most fundamental elements of its plan to create a more integrated economic bloc. Its plan for banking union is making exceedingly slow progress. Last week the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, announced its plans for a Single Resolution Mechanism for eurozone [...]
This is my latest cover story for Fund Strategy magazine. It is written mainly from the perspective of British taxpayers and investors. I hope to write a more political article covering some of the same themes before too long. Until recently investors could make a cardinal distinction between tax evasion and tax avoidance. Evasion was, by definition, [...]
Those who think the stabilisation of the markets means that difficult questions about the European Union have been solved are naïve. On the contrary, some of the most fundamental debates about the EU remain unresolved. Understanding the nature of European institutions means divining the forces driving integration. One of Europe’s most astute political commentators argued [...]
This is my cover story on the upcoming German elections for Fund Strategy magazine. The associated graphics can be found here. The German elections on 22 September are likely to be important for the whole of Europe. Whatever the complexion of the new government, it will play a central role in deciding the future shape [...]
This article on the eurozone was written for the June issue of IPE (Investment & Pensions Europe) magazine. It is more technical than usual and, given that I quote several people, the views are not entirely my own. In July 2012, the President of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi, gave a landmark speech [...]
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