The deal that may make or break the eurozone

It is no secret that the top priority of the new Greek government will be to negotiate a reduction in the country’s debt – as well as to broker softer terms on the austerity conditions forced by its creditors. Until as recently as the wee hours of Thursday, I thought that this would be unethical. Here is the […]

Independence Movements: Europe’s Paradox

In its early days, the Eurozone was seen as a powerful competitor to the United States for economic dominance—perhaps especially to American tourists attempting to navigate unfavorable exchange rates during the early 2000s. Real tests of strength, however, come at times of crisis. As the Eurozone stumbles out of the turmoil brought about by the […]

The economics of radical religious terrorism

The Charlie Hebdo attack has led many to claim that – or at least question why – Islam is associated with terrorism. I would reverse the order of causality the question implies. We must first try to answer why there are so many terrorist organizations linked to radical Islam. The attack led me to read, […]

QE será, será

I always dismissed arguments that the eurozone’s time as an economic power was up, pointing out the strengths of the common currency area. But I finally realized that I have been wrong all along. I start my latest Hurriyet Daily News (HDN) column by explaining why the Europeans do not know how to conduct monetary policy:)- I […]

Fiscal Policy: Cycle and Space Matter

I am among those economists who have argued that expansive fiscal policy has been missing as a lever to support recovery in advanced economies, especially in the Eurozone – see here and here. At the same time, I have cast doubts on recent attempts of using it to prop up growth in some emerging markets – see here and here in the […]

Ferguson, MO

This article rings true: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2015/jan/08/in-ferguson/ Since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson by a cop, we’ve seen video after video of cops killing unarmed young men and even boys. The excessive militarization of our domestic police has come into question. The institutionalized racism among our police forces is only part of the problem. It […]

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