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Two basic lessons from the regional elections in Germany There are clearly two basic lessons in which we can learn from last Sunday’s elections in Germany about how to compete with the worrying, increasing trend of right wing populists: Lesson N° 1 – It’s the candidate, stupid! Lesson N° 2 – It’s coherence, stupid! These… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter

The debate on Greece and how a solution can be found is causing more and more problems. The public opinion in Northern Europe is influenced by the “pacta sunt servanda” approach, meaning Greece has to fulfil all commitments so far signed. In Southern Europe – especially in Portugal, but also in Spain – it is… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter

The French Prime Minister Manuel Valls gave a speech this week on the general policies to implement in the country to overcome the crisis and to implement an economic policy in order to foster growth and reduce the high unemployment rate in France. The content of the speech was submitted to a confident vote in… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter

The election of François Hollande in France and the outcome of the Greek elections are evident examples of the growing anti-austerity reaction in Europe. And France and Greece are not the only examples. The Dutch Government had to resign recently after the populist right-wing party removed its support to a proposed austerity package, which included… » read more

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How long will Germans be made guilty in a Platonian cave haunted by shadows of the past? In the last couple of weeks all over Europe a sentiment of Germanophopia appeared and this even amongst political friends. Comments like “If the Euro fails, the EU will disintegrate. And you, our German friends, will miss the… » read more

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Newspapers all over Europe, political observers and politicians are gloomy of late. For example Le Monde’s headline tells us that Greece has another 10 days to avoid the worst. The Financial Times published in a post by Gideon Rachman that a political union cannot fix the Euro! Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung argues that the German taxpayer… » read more

Posted by Ernst Stetter