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A simple measure of European political instability - yes, Greece tops the ranking

A simple measure of European political instability - yes, Greece tops the ranking

The escalation of the greek crisis recently has made me think about the connection between the economic development, austerity and political uncertainty. Unfortunately we don't have a commonly accepted measure of political uncertainty or political instability.

Milton Friedman expresses his sympathy for Syriza supporters and his dislike of the "gnomes in Brussels"

Milton Friedman expresses his sympathy for Syriza supporters and his dislike of the "gnomes in Brussels"

BREAKING NEWS! I have found a comment from Milton Friedman on the present Greek crisis in, which he expresses, his sympathies for Syriza supporters:

Talking to Joe and Alix about why "Euro Membership (is) Preventing Finland from Thriving"

Talking to Joe and Alix about why "Euro Membership (is) Preventing Finland from Thriving"

Tonight I have been on Bloomberg TV talking to Alix Steel and Joe Weisenthal about Finland and the euro. See my interview here.

Peggers and floaters - the story of five Nordic countries

Peggers and floaters - the story of five Nordic countries

There was a time when the Scandinavian countries had a currency union of their own. However, today the Nordic countries have chosen difference monetary regimes. Sweden, Norway and Iceland have floating exchange rates and inflation targeting, while Finland has joined the euro zone and Denmark is pegging the krone to the euro.

My latest Børsen op-ed: "The euro is a fiasco"

My latest Børsen op-ed: "The euro is a fiasco"

If you read Danish or trust Google Translate then read my latest op-ed - "The euro is a fiasco" - in the Danish Business Daily Børsen here.

The Euro - A Fiscal Strangulation Mechanism (but mostly for monetary reasons)

The Euro - A Fiscal Strangulation Mechanism (but mostly for monetary reasons)

In my earlier post The Euro - A Fatal Conceit I argued that had the euro not be introduced and had we instead had freely floating exchange rates then "European taxpayers would (not) have had to pour billions of euros into bailing out Southern European and Eastern European government". Said in another way had we not had the euro then there would not have been a European "debt crisis" or at least it would have been significantly smaller.

The Euro - A Monetary Strangulation Mechanism

The Euro - A Monetary Strangulation Mechanism

In my previous post I claimed that the 'Greek crisis' essentially is not about Greece, but rather that the crisis is a symptom of a bigger problem namely the euro itself.

The Euro - A Fatal Conceit

The Euro - A Fatal Conceit

Imagine that the euro had never been introduced and we instead had had freely floating European currencies and each country would have been free to choose their own monetary policy and fiscal policy.

Greece versus Turkey: It's the exchange rate exchange rate regime stupid!

Greece versus Turkey: It's the exchange rate exchange rate regime stupid!

A history of political dysfunctionality, corruption, military coups, military conflict with a neighboring country, large current deficits and weak fiscal management.

"You are both gentlemen...or something" - debating Greece with Lorcan Roche Kelly

"You are both gentlemen...or something" - debating Greece with Lorcan Roche Kelly

This week I spoke at Camp Alphaville in London. It was good fun. Among other things I had great fun arguing with my good friend Lorcan Roche Kelly about Greece. As usual Lorcan and I do not agree on anytihing.

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