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A new Eurotreasury could help the Eurozone’s periphery to regain its economic sovereignty

A new Eurotreasury could help the Eurozone’s periphery to regain its economic sovereignty | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

The establishment of the euro meant that for the first time in history, the national monetary policy of many European countries became pooled at a transnational level. Miguel Otero-Iglesias writes that a consequence of this is the movement of economic sovereignty towards Berlin and Brussels, and away from the Eurozone’s periphery. He argues that greater economic union combined with a new Eurotreasury, focused on growth and stability, would give more voice to debtor countries and also might help to stem the tide of Euroscepticism that is currently creeping across Europe.

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Another good piece by Miguel. More focus should be paid to the voices from Southern Europe, and this takes such a stance.

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The Plight of Greek Higher Education

The Plight of Greek Higher Education | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

Greek higher education has been, for the past four years, under a double attack, both by crippling austerity-induced budget cuts and by an attempt to accelerate the imposition of aggressively neoliberal reforms towards an entrepreneurial model of higher education.

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The TTIP and the changing fault-lines in global trade politics

New conflicts and controversies are emerging as the remit of trade liberalisation broadens
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Students caught up in power games at Greece’s unruly universities - FT.com

Students caught up in power games at Greece’s unruly universities - FT.com | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Alexandros, a final-year student, was dejectedly sipping an iced cappuccino at a café close to the downtown campus of Athens polytechnic, where anarchists mingle with undergraduates. Just as his examinations were due to start, a strike by
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Paris's return to public water supplies makes waves beyond France

Paris's move to take back water supplies inspires others* Veolia, Suez margins fall as towns negotiate discounts* EU anti-privatisation trend pushes water firms abroad* Private water firms grow quickly

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Did the Troika get it right?

Did the Troika get it right? | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Martin Myant of the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) examines the forecasting record of the European Commission and finds it wanting The European
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Some good stuff in here about the development of exports in Greece and Portugal

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DG ECFIN And The Missing Greek Exports

DG ECFIN And The Missing Greek Exports | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Economists at DG ECFIN are starting to notice something we have pointed out already some time ago: Despite an enormous cut in wage costs, Greek exports have firmly stayed put in recessionary territory and hopes for an export-led recovery have proven to be illusive. Troubled by this failure of Greek exports to lift off, DG ECFIN …
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Greek trade deficit rises further in April as exports fall by 20.8 pct

Greek trade deficit rises further in April as exports fall by 20.8 pct | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Greece’s trade deficit rose for the third straight month at an accelerating pace of 17.2 percent in April after increasing by 14.7 percent in March, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).
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The complete opposite trajectory to what the bailout packages were meant to induce.

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Crisis in Greece and at Home

Crisis in Greece and at Home | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Nikos Pilos specializes in covering crisis. For the last 10 years, that has kept him busy chronicling his homeland’s economic and social problems.
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Greece edges towards sale of Public Power Corporation spin-off

Greece edges towards sale of Public Power Corporation spin-off | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Greece is a step closer to completing one of the six prior actions for the disbursement of the EU June sub-tranche of 1 billion euros, which relates to the is the legislation for the sale of a 30 percent stake in the Public Power Corporation (PPC) capacity and its client base (small PPC).
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Portuguese government grapples with its constitutional court

Portuguese government grapples with its constitutional court | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

Hardly anyone would recognise them in the street and few know their names, but the 13 black-robed judges that sit on Portugal’s constitutional court are assured of an important chapter in the history of the country’s three-year rescue programme.

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Eurointelligence - Greek government wavering

Eurointelligence - Greek government wavering | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

The new Greek government seems to be wavering on decisions already taken, according to Kathimerini.

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Questions about the legality of the Troika

Questions about the legality of the Troika | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
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The MoU's are not legal against a number of human rights laws.

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Strasbourg comment: Role and operations of the troika | The Parliament Magazine

Strasbourg comment: Role and operations of the troika | The Parliament Magazine | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

The troika's austerity policies have caused huge increases in poverty, social exclusion and unemployment, argues Alejandro Cercas.

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Even the European Parliament’s employment committee recently adopted a report accusing the troika as well as the eurozone’s finance ministers of creating a ‘social tsunami’.

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Bundesbank shifts stance and backs unions’ push for big pay rises

Bundesbank shifts stance and backs unions’ push for big pay rises | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
The Bundesbank has backed the push by Germany’s trade unions for inflation-busting wage settlements, in a remarkable shift in stance from a central bank famed for its tough approach to keeping prices in check. Jens Ulbrich, the Bundesbank’s chief
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Greece ponders how to deal with rising unpaid private debt, which hit 88 pct of GDP

Greece ponders how to deal with rising unpaid private debt, which hit 88 pct of GDP | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Unpaid private debt in Greece is estimated to have reached around 160 billion euros, which corresponds to 88 percent of GDP, but was largely ignored until the last few days, when it became a key issue in the discussion between the government and the troika.
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Credit crisis far from over for Europe’s small businesses

Credit crisis far from over for Europe’s small businesses | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
For governments and large companies, the worst days of the eurozone crisis are a distant memory. Fragmentation of eurozone capital markets – which once threatened to blow up Europe’s monetary union – has largely healed. But for small businesses in
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Central banking and the governance of the price architecture

Monetary policy will not alleviate the injustices of prices in an era of massive inequality
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Bloody excellent.

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Greece shelves water privatisation plans, leaving gap in revenue targets

Greece shelves water privatisation plans, leaving gap in revenue targets | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
The government’s plans to sell stakes in Greece’s water companies have now been completely shelved after the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) decided to freeze the privatisation of the state-run firm in Thessaloniki in the wake of a court ruling blocking the sale of the one in Athens.
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Unpaid taxes keep rising, tax audits short of targets

Unpaid taxes keep rising, tax audits short of targets | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Greece’s unpaid taxes rose by 873 million in May at a slightly accelerating pace compared to the 763 million recorded in April, according to data provided by the General Secretariat of Information Systems.
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Interactive map: Europe’s social polarisation and the generational struggle

Interactive map: Europe’s social polarisation and the generational struggle | European Political Economy | Scoop.it

According to the latest Eurobarometer survey on the social impact of the crisis, 80% of respondents believe that poverty has increased in their country over the past 12 months. Over 30% of respondents in Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary reported that their household ran out of money to pay for ordinary bills, food and other daily consumer items at some point during the previous 12 months. These alarming numbers are reflecting the perception of European citizens. But what do indicators measuring different dimensions of poverty and inequality actually show?

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FDI into developing economies forecast to stall

FDI into developing economies forecast to stall | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Foreign direct investment into developing economies is poised to plateau as companies raise long-term bets on economies in Europe and the US recovering, UN economists predicted on Tuesday. Moreover, investments out of China are likely to overtake
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Chinese investments in Greece to be boosted by new agreements

Chinese investments in Greece to be boosted by new agreements | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Greece is hoping to sign agreements for investments worth 6-7 billion dollars during the three-day visit of the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, which comes a year after the Greek Premier Antonis Samaras visited China.
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In fear of Flash Crashes: stock market wobbles past and present

In fear of Flash Crashes: stock market wobbles past and present | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
The new era of high-frequency trading threatens our future prosperity
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EU rules should focus on debt not deficit targets, says IMF official

EU rules should focus on debt not deficit targets, says IMF official | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
The EU’s rules on cutting national budget deficits prolong the effects of a recession, a senior IMF official has said.
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Austerity measures destroying EU social model: report

Austerity measures destroying EU social model: report | European Political Economy | Scoop.it
Austerity measures meant to pull Europe out of the crisis have put some 800,000 children into poverty, according to a new report.
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