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Survival of the fittest political economies through natural selection NEW
Rebuilding Babel 3 Years, 11 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 16 Hours, 55 Minutes ago
I believe that in more ways than one international integration is a process akin to evolution. As they are faced with a shock, our fragmented political economies must adapt to the changed environment in which they dwell. Of course this does not proce...
India in the Security Council: better or worst? NEW
Rebuilding Babel 3 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 8 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
To answer the second question of this post, i should consider the purpose if the Security Council. Now I could be wrong, but I believe it is to ensure peace, international stability and the compliance of UN parties to their international commitments...
Is international aid bad? NEW
Rebuilding Babel 3 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 8 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
Here are my comments on whether aid is badWhy aid is not badThis was not something I came up with, but a conversation I stumbled on. The argument that was made against it was that it distorts local economic incentives. It's the same argument as the o...
Aid and India in the Security Council NEW
Rebuilding Babel 3 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 8 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Though I'll be posting less frequently, I will continue to post, here. Hopefully this move will help me refocus this blog, and my messy ideas.So, and as a starter here are two questions that popped to mind:1) Is international aid worst to the benefit...
No more EU musings NEW
Rebuilding Babel 3 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 8 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
I have recently realised that my posts have become overwhelmingly EU oriented. Although an obvious function of my interests this is a pity, as it has effectively led me astray from the stated intent of this blog. As such, and in order to bring this...
Is the Deauville Agreement half dead? Hopefully! NEW
Rebuilding Babel 3 Years, 11 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 14 Minutes ago
So our enlightened leaders have met in Brussels to discuss a number of issues, first among which, economic governance and I must say that the result is looking mighty good, and very much along the lines of what I had hoped for.Everyone was reportin...
Freedom and Corrution in the world NEW
Rebuilding Babel 3 Years, 11 Months, 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 5 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
Very quickly: Map of Freedom 2010 Corruption Perception Index 2010...
The Deauville agreement on the SGP3 tries to kill the EFSF, but probably just post-pones the EMS NEW
Rebuilding Babel 4 Years, 9 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
I am confused. I was under the impression that the Germans had agreed to keeping the EFSF on the condition that a default mechanism would be created. This I read at the Economist's Charlemagne column: "what did the Germans get from France in return...
3 Comments on the SGP3 NEW
Rebuilding Babel 4 Years, 4 Days, 16 Hours ago
I would like to contribute three comments regarding the recent Franco-German agreement arrived at recently. This post is a poor contribution to more enlightened commentators’ criticisms of the proposed SGP3. The first, is a criticism to the articl...
SGP3: Opinions from VoxEU NEW
Rebuilding Babel 4 Years, 4 Days, 22 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
So the proposals of the European Commission for reforming the SGP have provoked s number of reactions from the good people at VoxEu.org. There seems to be an agreement as to the vagueness of the extra indicators, and their difficult enforcement. The...
SGP 3 Update: The Franco-German Compromise NEW
Rebuilding Babel 4 Years, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
France and Germany seem to have reached a compromise over the SGP3. As Charlemagne describes it, the Germans seem to have dropped their "hawkish" demands about the semi-automaticity of fines at the preventive stage and in return got the French to acc...
Access to improved water source in a developing country NEW
Rebuilding Babel 4 Years, 6 Days, 22 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
Very recently, I had to write a policy essay as part of the application process to an American University. I chose to focus on a problem that is common to many Sub Saharan countries: water provision. Although it is relatively large, I guess it could...
The myth of the American Dream NEW
Rebuilding Babel 4 Years, 6 Days, 22 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
Several months ago, Filipe was kind enough to invite me to this blog. For a variety of reasons (mostly related to very little free time), I kept on delaying my 'effective entry' here. But I guess 'late is better than never'. Since I think I am clearl...
We need an EU Attorney General and a EBI rather than the Europol NEW
Rebuilding Babel 4 Years, 1 Week, 1 Day, 6 Hours, 29 Minutes ago
The title of this post is fairly self-explanatory. By "EBI" I mean a European Bureau of Investigation, Ă  la FBI. The EBI should investigate and the EU Attorney should investigate. He should be appointed by the European Commission upon confirmation b...
European Defence: "why?", past, present and future, NEW
Rebuilding Babel 4 Years, 1 Week, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 4 Minutes ago
So it seems that as budgets get presented again, it is time for the USA to once more tell Europe that it needs to honour its defence commitments under NATO. Everyone will complain that they can't and leave it to the USA to pay. Given their own financ...
The media industry and selection of information supply NEW
Rebuilding Babel 4 Years, 1 Week, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 15 Minutes ago
The issue of the role of the media is a very interesting one, and one that keeps on creeping back in the back of my mind. The last time it did so was during this summer over the coverage of the so called "mosque" in what was referred to as "on ground...
Keeping inflation down in a Currency Union: A Policy for Germany but not for many more... NEW
Rebuilding Babel 4 Years, 1 Week, 5 Days, 54 Minutes ago
In this post I describe how monetary union without fiscal union creates a fertile ground for permanent exposure to the damage of asymmetric shocks. One side of this equation is that the economy not affected by the negative shock still benefits from...
Signalling a restructuring of Greek debt? NEW
Rebuilding Babel 4 Years, 1 Week, 5 Days, 8 Hours, 28 Minutes ago
I mentioned back on sunday, that there had been some chatter from a ECB executive about the IMF extending the deadline for Greek debt payments. Apparently this was followed by similar comments by the IMF's director DSK as well as by comments from the...
The creation of the EFSF - such gripping drama NEW
Rebuilding Babel 4 Years, 1 Week, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
The FT has a fantastically well researched and sourced article on the events that led to the creation of the European Financial Stability Fund, "Dinner at the edge of the abyss", written by the great Tony Barber. Really good for anyone interested in...
Interesting Contributions: Daniel Gros NEW
Rebuilding Babel 4 Years, 1 Week, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
EU or Euro-zone seat at the IMF How to avoid trade war: A reciprocity requirement How to deal with sovereign default in Europe: Towards a Euro(pean) Monetary Fund...