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We present and discuss current research and economic policy related topics in International Economics. This quarter about:
Trends of disintegration in Europe
Spain's minister for Europe Mendez de Vigo demands more solidarity from Germany.
Europe has reached a critical point, further decisions will be made in the next few days
Crisis can be reinforced by aid programs with conditions, says economist Martin Gassebner. The national governments are responsible.
According to government sources: A third emergency packet for Greek is "unthinkable". The International Monetary Fund is considering to discontinue its support.
Jim Yong Kim warned that most regions of the world will be hurt by the debt crisis enveloping the Euro zone.
"Die Märkte zweifeln an Spanien": Finanzminister Schäuble hat den Bundestag um Zustimmung für eine milliardenschwere Finanzspritze an das Krisenland gebeten. Nur so lasse sich die Lage beruhigen. Ein Ja des Parlaments gilt als sicher - die Kanzlermehrheit dagegen nicht.
There are only two ways out of the debt crisis: Either the European Central Bank takes over the public debts - or the debts are sourced out into an amortization fund.
The Italian prime minister reformed the country faster than anybody before. This should be rewarded by the financial markets.
Macroeconomist Michael Burda promotes a eurozone banking union.
Europe needs a joint banking liability to dam up the crisis.
No banking union, no joint liability for debts in the euro area: Finnish minister of finance rejects eurozone bailout fund.
In Europe nothing will be as it was, even though the euro area will survive the debt crisis. Basic steps for a divided European Union are already placed.
Global and European Imbalances
The youth unemployment rate is increasing dramatically in many European countries.
The emerging economies cannot blame all their woes on the rest of the world.
Citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo should be living in one of the world's richest countries. Plunder and corruption condemns them to poverty.
The emerging economies are weakening, Italy pays a high interest rate and an economic forecast disturbs Germany.
Which strategy helps to overcome the crisis? The European Union and America could learn from each other.
In the US the gap between rich and poor is increasing. This fact leads to economic instability and undermines the values and identity of the country.
No other industrial nation has become rich so fast. Now the country wants to be social and creative.