Oliver Marc Hartwich

Germany's bubble economy is on borrowed time

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The ECB's expansionary policies have benefited Germany in the short run, but it will be in trouble once the central bank starts tapering its monetary stimulus.

Greece's madmen at work

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Greece's politicians are behaving errratically, but it's difficult to determine if there's method to their madness.

John Key should stay out of the rate debate

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The New Zealand Prime Minister might be a currency expert but he's wrong to remark on what action the RBNZ needs to take to lift inflation.

Political armament on planet Juncker

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The EU Commission president has a supreme vision for Europe, including creating a common army, but it ignores political reality.

New Zealand's $US150m Portuguese headache

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The failure of Banco Espírito Santo has sparked a legal feud between New Zealand and Portugal that may have wider repercussions in Europe.

'Constructive ambiguity' will not save Europe

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The deal between Greece and Europe is nothing but a rotten compromise that only prolongs Europe's agony.

The political rookies gambling with Greece’s future

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The Greek Government is hoping its giant gamble with the rest of Europe will pay off, but its bet could have detrimental consequences if it backfires.

When German order met Greek disorder

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As far as economic policymaking is concerned, the Germans don't speak anybody's language.

Syriza's wrong-headed approach to Greece's problems

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The newly elected Greek government vows to solve the country's economic woes by fighting austerity and pushing for debt relief. But it is dealing with the wrong crises.

The euro crisis has become a game of chicken

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The German Chancellor and the newly elected Greek Prime Minister are locked in a high-stakes game of chicken. Who will blink first?

The euro's path to junk status

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Europe's policymakers and central bankers have for years ignored all the rules that could have made the euro a success. QE is the final straw.

Who's afraid of eurozone deflation?

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Falling prices should be welcomed by the ECB, but its fear of deflation highlights its true policy agenda.

Merkel's U-turn on Greece reveals Germany's real motivation

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German power politics kept Greece in the eurozone -- and now German power politics may kick Greece out.

A Greek olive branch for Steve Keen

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It is not so much evil austerity policies that are crippling Greece, but its membership of the eurozone.

Greece’s presidential gamble could trigger the next eurozone crisis

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Just as the Greek economy was finding its feet, political uncertainty has reared its head, with huge implications for the eurozone.

New Zealand's lessons for Australia

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Politicians avoid talking about economic reforms for fear of alienating voters. But New Zealand's experience proves that genuine policy changes are possible.

Why abolishing cash is not on the money

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Cash might not be needed for the majority of business transactions, but it remains the most effective way to keep central bankers honest.

Germany's elites reveal their true colours

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Two high-profile scandals afflicting a prominent chief executive and a former federal chancellor shine an unflattering light on Germany's political and business culture.

Can Juncker survive 'Lux Leaks'?

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The release of thousands of leaked documents implicates European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in a major corporate tax scandal, putting his career on the line.

Taking a gamble with negative interest rates

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Having money in the bank isn’t what is used to be. The ECB’s negative interest rates are filtering through the system, with one German bank now charging its customers to store their cash.

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