Oliver Marc Hartwich

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.

Will the Swiss drive up gold prices?

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A popular movement clamouring for the Swiss National Bank to increase its gold reserves could send global prices higher - but only if the fickle Swiss vote to do so.

France's indecent proposal is an affront to policymaking

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France's plan to press Germany for more fiscal stimulus isn't just informed by spurious logic -- it's also economic blackmail.

Has Germany's bubble finally burst?

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German policymakers have long been complacent about the country's economic health, but it now appears their inaction will come back to haunt them.

Juncker's multi-billion stimulus phantom

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Jean-Claude Juncker has yet to assume the role of President of the European Commission but he's already revealing why there was so much resistance to his appointment.

The joys of forming a European government

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The convoluted process of appointing new EU commissioners will likely delay the formation of Europe's new political line-up for some time.

An acid test for French-German diplomacy

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The reception the French Prime Minister received on a recent visit to Berlin leaves no doubt as to the gulf of misunderstanding and mistrust between the EU's two leading nations.

Why Scotland's vote has Brussels spooked

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Whatever the outcome of Scotland's referendum on independence, the political ramifications for the UK and EU will be severe.

The strange death of liberal Germany

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Germany's numerous challenges require economically liberal solutions, but they won't be found amid the country's fractured political landscape.

The sublime irony of Draghi's dilemma

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ECB president Mario Draghi has the power to move European economies, but the policies he advocates also stall the chances of a genuine, sustainable recovery.

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