Category Archives: Current Events

A note on the Feasibility ECB Quantitative Easing

Recent comments from the ECB about potential attempts to mitigate a decrease in inflation through QE have led to an increased interest in the articles posted on this website about the SMP and the CBPP. However, such interventions were pursued for different … Continue reading

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German Elections – Voter Intention Polls and FDP Blunders

This post reviews the recent voter intention polls in Germany,  the trends over the last 4 years,  the loss of popularity of the FDP and the pyrrhic success of the Greens.

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Will Catalonia Become Independent Soon?

My answer to the question is no. Eventually I think it will, but not soon. Here’s why:

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September 12th (2012) Elections in the Netherlands: Voter Intention Surveys

So the Netherlands are getting ready to hold elections. This is post offers a quick description of the competing platforms and, drawing on the most recent voter intention surveys, provides a brief overview of the likely electoral outcomes. Readers should … Continue reading

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From Austerity to Growth?

This past week was fascinating to watch. While it is impossible to tell at this time that there has indeed been a shift in the direction of European policy, it is evident that at least there’s been a momentary shift … Continue reading

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Elections in May – Greece & France

A week away from the French and Greek polls, what is it looking like? Very similar to previous observations…

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French Presidential Election update: Voter intention Polls on 10 April 2012

With the first round of the French presidential election looming only 2 weeks away, I thought it would be interesting to have a look at the state of voter intention polls and what they mean for the result of the … Continue reading

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