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Where’s the next Lehman?

Where’s the next Lehman? | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
THE bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, an American investment bank, in 2008 turned a nasty credit crunch into the worst financial crisis in 80 years. Massive bail-outs...
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A narrow path

A narrow path | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
UNTIL the global financial crisis, central banks treated bubbles with benign neglect: they were hard to detect and harder to deflate, so best left alone; the mess...
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Eurozone inflation sticks at 0.5%; EC supports Bulgaria after bank runs – business live

Eurozone inflation sticks at 0.5%; EC supports Bulgaria after bank runs – business live | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
European Commission steps in with £1.35bn credit line, as Bulgaria's leaders urge citizens not to panic and withdraw their savings today.
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G7 presses Vladimir Putin to pursue peaceful end to Ukraine crisis

G7 presses Vladimir Putin to pursue peaceful end to Ukraine crisis | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Western nations want Russian president to recognise country's newly elected leader and rein back armed separatists
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Why we can’t leave the power to create money in the hands of banks or regulators | openDemocracy

Why we can’t leave the power to create money in the hands of banks or regulators | openDemocracy | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
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Human rights in eastern Ukraine deteriorating, U.N. report finds

Human rights in eastern Ukraine deteriorating, U.N. report finds | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
A new U.N. report shows an "alarming deterioration" of human rights in eastern Ukraine, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, said Friday.
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Reuniting the monetary union: a proposal to counter the eurozone’s imbalances | openDemocracy

Reuniting the monetary union: a proposal to counter the eurozone’s imbalances | openDemocracy | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
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New Greek Statistics: Athens, again, ready to confess to the sin to claim the glory

New Greek Statistics: Athens, again, ready to confess to the sin to claim the glory | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
It is official! The Greek government now confirms that the much lauded Greek government primary surplus for 2013 was a mirage created by the return of Greek Statistics (see this recent post). And a...
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U.S. Economy Barely Grew in First Quarter

U.S. Economy Barely Grew in First Quarter | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
The rate of growth, 0.1 percent, was well below economists’ expectations of a 1.2 percent rate, as the harsh winter curbed corporate spending and housing sector activity.
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Financial repression - myth, metaphor and reality | openDemocracy

Financial repression - myth, metaphor and reality | openDemocracy | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
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Ukraine crisis: Geneva talks produce agreement on defusing conflict

Ukraine crisis: Geneva talks produce agreement on defusing conflict | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
US, Russia, Ukraine and EU agree measures including end of violence, disarming of illegal groups and amnesty for protesters
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Ukraine's deadline passes for pro-Russian rebels to surrender

Ukraine's deadline passes for pro-Russian rebels to surrender | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Acting president says operation to take back state buildings in east Ukraine will begin soon as separatists seize police station
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Ukraine's ousted president Yanukovych says loss of Crimea is 'major tragedy'

Ukraine's ousted president Yanukovych says loss of Crimea is 'major tragedy' | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Former leader says he hopes to negotiate with Vladimir Putin for return of region annexed by Russia
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Gold vs. bitcoin: An apocalyptic showdown - The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet

Gold vs. bitcoin: An apocalyptic showdown - The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Both assets attract a certain type of investor, but which will protect you against the worst?
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Russian navy in Saint-Nazaire to train on new ships amid Ukraine tensions

Russian navy in Saint-Nazaire to train on new ships amid Ukraine tensions | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Pro-Ukrainian supporters call on France to cancel €1.2bn deal to deliver warships with amphibious assault capabilities to Russia
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Isis announces Islamic caliphate in area straddling Iraq and Syria

Isis announces Islamic caliphate in area straddling Iraq and Syria | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Jihadist group challenges al-Qaida as it changes name to Islamic State and pledges to free Palestine in video
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Tiananmen anniversary: Chinese police patrol square to stop commemorations

Tiananmen anniversary: Chinese police patrol square to stop commemorations | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Dozens of activists have been placed under house arrest and internet scoured for references to massacre 25 years ago
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Brazil’s economy of violence: the 50-year noose | openDemocracy

Brazil’s economy of violence: the 50-year noose | openDemocracy | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
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Thousands evacuated due to severe flooding in Balkans

Thousands evacuated due to severe flooding in Balkans | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Severe flooding across Serbia has prompted the evacuation of at least 16,300 people -- including about 1,100 whisked away on helicopters.
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Boko Haram: African leaders agree joint action in rare show of unity

Boko Haram: African leaders agree joint action in rare show of unity | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin pledge to cooperate against militant group that has kidnapped 200 schoolgirls
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Age invaders

Age invaders | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
IN THE 20th century the planet’s population doubled twice. It will not double even once in the current century, because birth rates in much of the world have...
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Ukraine's government has lost control of east, says acting president

Ukraine's government has lost control of east, says acting president | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
Oleksandr Turchynov says security forces are unable to control situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions
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Greece’s Grand Decoupling, the Nuclear Option and an Alternative Strategy: A comment on Münchau

Greece’s Grand Decoupling, the Nuclear Option and an Alternative Strategy: A comment on Münchau | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
In his latest Financial Times column Wolfgang Münchau concurs with much of what I have written here (on the Greek social economy's deep coma) and here (on the reasons why investors are piling in) b...
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Insatiable

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FIRST Vladimir Putin mauled Georgia, but the world forgave him—because Russia was too important to be cut adrift. Then he gobbled up Crimea, but the world accepted...
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Europe's latest policy on Irish and Greek banking losses: A tale of two swindles too similar for comfort

Europe's latest policy on Irish and Greek banking losses: A tale of two swindles too similar for comfort | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
The Irish and the Greeks are, in many ways, very different people. And yet, caught up in the Euro Crisis, our fortunes have become too close for comfort. Recently, European authorities have devised...
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Genocide in Rwanda was a fork in the road not just for Africa but the world

Genocide in Rwanda was a fork in the road not just for Africa but the world | Politics economics and society | Scoop.it
The horrific events of April 1994 continue to shape the thinking of today's policymakers and peacemakers
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