3 Accounts of Euro-Zone Crisis Management

If you are interested in EU integration and if you’ve been following the Euro-Zone crisis for the last 5 years, then last  week would have definitely registered the publication of the following blog post by Peter Spiegel on the FT’s Brussels Blog: “Draghi’s ECB management: the leaked Geithner files

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Italian Debt, Mutual Insurance, Fiscal Federalism and Fiscal Rules – Brugel blog posts

As I mentioned earlier, in a very delayed reaction to a comment on European blogging, I’ve decided to start looking around at what other bloggers write and comment on it, while hopefully not neglecting to come up with my own content.

Because the inspiration for this new attitude came from Bruegel, I think it is only fair to begin by considering contributions published there, particularly those from Jérémie Cohen-Setton, Martin Kessler and Shahin Vallée, who authored that article. Unfortunately, only Vallee has published a relevant post lately, so I shall focus on him and 2 other authors published by Bruegel’s blog.

In this spirit I looked around for the latest contributions and found the following three articles

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Looking around

Two and a half years ago now, more or less, Bruegel published an interesting and inaugural blog post by Jérémie Cohen-Setton, Martin Kessler and Shahin Vallée titled “Europeans can’t blog”. Following a post from , their point was that European bloggers

“use hyperlinks far less than their American counterparts or do it and in a way that doesn’t create two-way debate. In brief, Europe has bloggers, but no blogosphere: it lacks a living ecosystem to exchange and debate.”

Moreover, the Bruegel authors argued that

  • Most blogs remain targetted at a national rather than European audience.
  • Europeans don’t have a debating culture. Most blogs disseminate information, rather than engage in debate.

At the time I was honestly very flattered because this blog was mentioned among many other illustrious names, but ultimately I have to agree with the points of those authors.

So in their spirit, and because I am keen to engage in more debate and publish more regularly, I will try to write more debating posts, commenting on or suggesting comments to other bloggers. Not only is it interactive and engaging, which is a good idea but it also makes my life easier, which is a welcomed development. Also it forces me to read what other European bloggers are writing about, which honestly I’ve fallen out of the habit of doing. Finally, it gives me an excuse to revive the short-lived “A € for your thoughts” category, which I haven’t used in ages.

So that’s it. Nothing more for now. But I guess you know what to expect from me this Friday.

Until then,


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Oh! …and this started happening 25 years ago

The Fall of the Berlin Wall!

Here’s a nice video with the images I remember, even though my family had not relocated to France at the time yet. Memory can play funny tricks on you. I think I remember it because they brought them back during a report on the end of the Soviet Union.

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EU Budget – Apparently a Fight Cameron can Call a Win

So I’ve been away for the weekend and swamped in work since last Wednesday. However, not to renege on my pledge to post at least once a week (and having already missed my self-imposed Friday deadline), I’ve decided to post what I believe is most likely the smallest post I’ve written so far (I am quite verbose…)

For expediency, I’ll just bring your attention to the resolution of the UK’s outrage at its reviewed EU budget contributions. Apparently, Osborne met his colleagues on Friday and they reached an agreement whereby the payment has been postponed, without the necessity to pay interests due to a delay.

I have three comments:

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