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ECB’s Praet: Why yes, bankers will be sucking out 4-6% of your GDP indefinitely NEW
Craig Willy 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
The ECB’s Belgian member Peter Praet has an interview with the Portuguese Jornal de Negócios with the following exchange: Jornal de Negócios: The rules of the fiscal compact, namely the debt reduction rule, imply primary...
ECB’s Mersch: ‘identity cannot be reduced to a football team’ NEW
Craig Willy 2 Months, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
I have occasionally come across leftists and Europhiles who claimed there is no such thing as national identity, that it’s a kind of really, really stubborn optical illusion. The people in charge of Europe have often shown more common sens...
A challenge for Nation-Statists: Why is Switzerland so successful? What’s wrong with Argentina? NEW
Craig Willy 2 Months, 2 Days, 21 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
It’s no secret that I personally find the arguments of thinkers like Raymond Aron in favor of the democratic and cohesive Nation-State to be highly compelling. In their overwhelming majority, the data supports Nation-Statists. All things being...
Marine Le Pen warns against ‘clash of civilizations’ NEW
Craig Willy 2 Months, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
Appearing on the radio station France Inter on Monday (19 January), Marine Le Pen was asked about a recent video statement from fellow Front National (FN) MEP Aymeric Chauprade that, in light of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, France was &ldquo...
Dieudonné’s Grievances: Is there a double standard on censorship in France? NEW
Craig Willy 2 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
There are few things which are as little understood outside of France as the strange and remarkable career of the Franco-Cameroonian comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala. This is evident even from the more eloquent defenders of Dieudon...
‘Belgium has the most jihadist recruits per capita in Western Europe’ (and half come from Brussels) NEW
Craig Willy 2 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 55 Minutes ago
Bleri Lleshi has another interesting piece in the EUobserver, this time linking terrorism to poverty and injustice. Perspectives against extremism The three perpetrators in France all spent their youth excluded and marginalised from society. We...
Poll: 57% of Europeans have ‘negative view’ of non-EU migration NEW
Craig Willy 2 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
From the latest Eurobarometer poll (see also its statistical annex): For more than half of Europeans, the statement “immigration of people from other EU Member States” evokes a positive feeling (52%), while for 41% it evokes a negati...
ECB’s Cœuré: Eurozone will ‘always be fragile’ without Superstate NEW
Craig Willy 2 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Shortly after telling France24 what “deflation” is, French ECB Executive Board member Benoît Cœuré gave an interview to the German daily Die Welt. Money quote, when asked whether the euro could survive “...
Orbán criticized for using free speech rally to exercise free speech NEW
Craig Willy 2 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 22 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has used a free speech rally to argue against non-European immigration. Apparently he thought the murder of aged leftist cartoonists by “homegrown” violent Islamists somehow showcased some of t...
Cœuré: “Whatever the results of the elections, Greece must continue the reforms” NEW
Craig Willy 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 20 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
With the recent events in France, it can seem a bit trivial to focus on this ECB minutiae. I’ll have time to comment on the attacks and what seems to me to be the creeping normalization of the Front National at a later date. In the meantime, di...
ECB’s Lautenschläger: Deflation? What deflation? NEW
Craig Willy 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 19 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
Sabine Lautenschläger, a German member of the European Central Bank’s Executive Board, tells Der Spiegel that there’s no deflation and that her and Bundesbank President Jörg Asmussen’s hostility to bond-buying ha...
ECB chief tells German journalist why 0% inflation is bad NEW
Craig Willy 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 6 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
The German business daily Handelsblatt has a long interview with ECB President Mario Draghi which shows how Eurocrats have to walk on egg shells whenever touching on some national sensitivity. Handelsblatt‘s questions in bol...
Draghi: Managing the Eurozone is a lot harder than a Nation-State NEW
Craig Willy 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 31 Minutes ago
My most wonkish New Year’s resolution has been to blog the juicy bits of ECB-talk rather than just tweet them. President Mario Draghi has already published an op-ed summarizing the central bank’s current thinking. As usual,...
Pierre Werner on the “psychological, political and futurist” reasons for the euro NEW
Craig Willy 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 5 Hours, 8 Minutes ago
Despite all my readings, and it’s a fair amount, on the history of the European Union, I have often found it hard to really pin down the euro-founding fathers’ reasons for building the eurozone. Here is a speech by Pierre Werner from Dece...
Brussels: Unequal, Segregated and Post-Democratic? NEW
Craig Willy 2 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
The various “nodes” of globalization – Washington DC, New York, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, London, Paris, Singapore, etc. – provide us with a vision of what our world will increasingly look like as the sovereign Nation-State g...
Comment on James Rogers: The case for Western hegemony and lawlessness by No Use Crying Over Leaked Milk – Let Alone Threatening Sanctions Over It NEW
Craig Willy 4 Months, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 6 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
[…] probably proceed from official America’s tendency to view itself as a global empire, not beholden to the normal laws and conventions of international politics. Now while its closest allies (or […]...
Comment on Habermas gropes for “solidarity” by craigjameswilly NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 14 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
Hello Luke, thanks for your comment. Indeed any ways of overcoming problems posed by ethnocentrism are interesting. I had disabled comments, perhaps for a bit too long, because I had a wave of spam when my spamblocker broke down. Jetzt ist alles i...
Comment on Habermas gropes for “solidarity” by Luke Lea NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
By the way, I'm surprised WordPress lets me comment on your blog nowadays. For the longest time I couldn't.
Comment on Habermas gropes for “solidarity” by Luke Lea NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 50 Minutes ago
With regards to that pseudoerasmus link, while I tend to agree with the point that racial heterogeneity weighs against the kind of welfare programs we see practiced in Europe, I think a wage subsidy (an expanded and improved version of the earned inc...
Comment on Habermas gropes for “solidarity” by Luke Lea NEW
Craig Willy 5 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Good points all.