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Does The Arrival Of Negative Interest Rates Change the Attractivess of EMU? NEW
A Fistful of Euros 1 Day, 7 Hours, 7 Minutes ago
This is the second in a series of posts (first one here) in  which I try to argue that the balance between costs and benefits of belonging to the European monetary union has shifted in the post crisis world, especially … Continue reading...
Pay no attention to the social democrat behind the curtain. NEW
A Fistful of Euros 5 Days, 3 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
Perhaps we’ve been watching the wrong German politician throughout the whole Greece/Eurogroup drama. Usually, the Vice-Chancellor of Germany is one of those posts that comes with a lot more dignity than it does power, like the US vice-presidenc...
The good, the bad and the foreign: Icelandic lesson for stabilising the Greek banks* NEW
A Fistful of Euros 5 Days, 6 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Ever since 2010, when Greece first turned to the IMF for assistance, the crisis handling has been characterised by too little too late, which is why Greece is still grabbing the headlines. The Greek banks are a serious part of … Continue readi...
Send lawyers and money NEW
A Fistful of Euros 5 Days, 11 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
Reuters — Greece admitted on Wednesday it will struggle to make debt repayments to the IMF and the European Central Bank this year as Germany’s finance minister voiced open doubts about Athens’ trustworthiness. A day after euro zone...
EuroGroup – Money For Nothing And Your Debt For Free? NEW
A Fistful of Euros 6 Days, 8 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
There’s an interesting question about “analysis” which confronts anyone who seriously wants to engage in it: do you organize your focus around what you want to happen (practical policy emphasis) or do you concentrate your efforts in...
Cyprus: an island in search of a saga to learn from NEW
A Fistful of Euros 1 Week, 6 Days, 12 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Why do the inhabitants of an EU country prefer to keep cash amounting to ca. 6% of GDP hidden at home? Badly burnt after the banking collapse in March 2013 Cypriots neither trust their government nor banks to keep their … Continue reading &rar...
Spain’s “Good” Deflation? NEW
A Fistful of Euros 2 Weeks, 5 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Spain’s domestic economy is booming, or so the story goes, and in no small part this boom comes thanks to the arrival of what is being termed the “good kind of deflation”, the sort everyone would like to have, a … Continue re...
When contracts are contractionary NEW
A Fistful of Euros 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 4 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
An interesting twitter debate between Alan Beattie and Frances Coppola, regarding the connection between Greek “structural reforms” and the macro-economy. Alan argues that shortening business-to-business payment terms and improving contra...
Hamburg NEW
A Fistful of Euros 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
It’s probably worth keeping an eye on German elections at the moment. Hamburg voted today, and the results below will update as more results come in, via Der Tagesspiegel. Basically, the SPD won big but will need a coalition partner, … C...
Euro-European politics over #Greece NEW
A Fistful of Euros 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
This is old news now, but it’s a good example of a theme we should be watching in the Greek negotiations – as it were, Euro-European tensions. Conflict in the EU, whether between nations, parties, lobbies, or individuals, tends to &hellip...
#charlie impact: the UK joins the Schengen Information System NEW
A Fistful of Euros 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
At the extraordinary meeting of interior ministers in Paris back on the 11th January, immediately after the Charlie Hebdo attack, the following statement was issued. Nobody paid it much mind at the time, but there was something genuinely interesting...
À propos Falciani: the risk of stingy banks still with faulty IT systems NEW
A Fistful of Euros 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
One of the things that the HSBC whistleblower Hervé Falciani has pointed out is the mess the HSBC computer system was with all the inherent safety risks involved, not to mention that it made it difficult for the bank to … Continue readi...
The week ahead NEW
A Fistful of Euros 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
It’s going to be a busy seven days, and not a good one for a pan-European blog to be offline. Greece’s calendar: confidence vote (10); T-Bills auction (11); Eurogroup (11); EU summit (12); Eurogroup (16); ECB/ELA review (18). — Fred...
Does Russia want Donetsk, or just to keep the conflict going? NEW
A Fistful of Euros 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 12 Minutes ago
The other day, someone on twitter said it felt like the news was working up to an end-of-season finale, a big finish for the longest running of TV shows. On Thursday, as Yanis Varoufakis and Wolfgang Schäuble were failing to … Continue re...
Greece and common political sense NEW
A Fistful of Euros 4 Weeks, 14 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
– Forget economics, politics is key to understanding the Eurozone The cries of the Grexit criers lately have mostly been a repetition of an earlier discourse: in February 2012 Citi’s economists Willem Buiters and Ebrahim Rahbari coined th...
Stocks, Flows, GDP Warrants, Negotiating Constraints, Inter-Blogger Tension: Greece NEW
A Fistful of Euros 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
So, if we were to make a little leap of faith, how could SYRIZA and the troika, or eurogroup, or shall we just say the Euros, come to an agreement? The first issue, I think, is that any agreement needs … Continue reading →...
The Swiss franc appreciation and the sorry saga of FX lending NEW
A Fistful of Euros 1 Month, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
Back in the 1980s Australians, many of them farmers, were offered low-interest loans, appealing in a high-interest environment. With changes in currency rates the loans in Swiss francs and Japanese yen quickly became much beyond the means of the borr...
Swiss franc appreciation reveals the sorry saga of FX lending to un-hedged individuals NEW
A Fistful of Euros 1 Month, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Back in the 1980s Australians, many of them farmers, were offered low-interest loans, appealing in a high-interest environment. With changes in currency rates the loans in Swiss francs and Japanese yen quickly became much beyond the means of the borr...
Confusion in Frankfurt or Athens NEW
A Fistful of Euros 1 Month, 1 Week, 6 Days, 21 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
European Central Bank statement last October in reaction to a New York Times article about Emergency Liquidity Assistance management in Cyprus – The ECB neither provides nor approves emergency liquidity assistance. It is the national central ba...
Swiss time was running out NEW
A Fistful of Euros 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 13 Hours, 27 Minutes ago
The reviews are in on the Swiss National Bank (SNB) abandoning its CHF 1.2 per Euro minimum peg and they are unfavourable. It seems people are shocked that Switzerland might act in a unilateral fashion and without seeing the need … Continue re...