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Glocal Issues: problems and solutions
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"Neither a borrower nor a lender be"

"The EMU will eventually (that is, within the next few months) either have to endure a monumentally costly break-up, or forge a tighter fiscal union with “debt-pooling,” joint budgets and tax systems, and guarantees against default. The domestic political resistance to the latter would be prohibitive in several nations—and even a single country might be able to torpedo collective efforts to centralize and shore up the euro system. It’s just remotely possible that European political and financial leaders might be able to cobble together one short-term fix after another until some sort of workable long-term solution can be agreed upon—but that’s only possible if there is enough economic growth in the interim to keep all wheels on the tracks. Without growth, it’s difficult to see how a train wreck can be averted."

 

Richard Heinberg provides a different and much more convincing narrative of the European debt crisis from the perspective of Europe being the first continent to taste the bitter pil of a post-growth society.


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Videos - Michael Hudson: Austerity Doesn\'t Work

Michael Hudson, Distinguished Research Professor of Economics, University of Missouri, Kansas City speaking in Berlin at the Paradigm Lost conference organised by George Soros' Institute for New Economic Thinking.


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