Monthly Archives: February 2012

“I own a lot of cars, so please love me, Michigan.”

So the Republican Party in the US are in the middle of their primaries, and in fact, Michigan and Arizona are having their votes today, the polls closing in a little over respectively one and two hours at the time … Continue reading

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“It’s alive!”

There was a paragraph in a Financial Times blog post about the Greek debt deal that really caught my eye this morning: The [International Swaps and Derivatives Association] is important because they are the industry group which decides whether so-called credit … Continue reading

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“I was in a bookstore/café that could neither sell books nor make coffee”

UPDATE: I’ve been made aware by a reader that it’s doubtful whether the anecdote mentioned here is true. See the comments for details. Megan Greene from Roubini Global Economics shares a Kafka-esque anecdote from Athens which illustrates what the real … Continue reading

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De nominibus piscium

On Tuesday night (21.2), the Danish television channel DR1 news programme TV Avisen ran a story about ‘new EU regulations for fishmongers’ as their ‘feel-good segment’ in the end of the broadcast. The basic gist of the story was that … Continue reading

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European 112 Day

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how one possible answer to “What has the EU ever done for us?” was “Flying cars” (and I still think it’s an awesome answer). But today, I’d like to mention another great thing … Continue reading

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Twenty years of the Maastricht Treaty

In the middle of a crisis where political visions about the future of Europe seem to be in as short supply as money, we should take any opportunity to remind ourselves of the past events and visions that paved the … Continue reading

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The European Council summit: An early analysis

So the latest European Council ‘informal’ summit was held on Monday without too much trouble, and there were a couple of important decisions. Most importantly, all the attending countries except the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic agreed on a … Continue reading

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