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  • How to fight the crisis Slovak style

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    One of the first effects of the crisis on Slovakia – one of the most open, export dependent economies in Europe  – was felt when the country’s rich customers started importing fewer Slovak goods. Similar problems have started to occur again recently, with the slowdown in China, a major destination […]

  • “A lot more bankers should go to Heavy Metal Festivals.”

    Here at we usually spare neither trouble nor expense to get you the input of experts, wherever they might want to talk to us … along these lines, please find my interview with Harvard magna cum maude alumnus, former McKinsey- and JP Morgan professional aka the “investment punk” Gerald Hoerhan, author of the bestseller “Investment […]

  • India: Of Poodles and Doodles

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    ‘Manmohan Singh – Saviour or Sonia’s Poodle’ was the headline (changed later) in a British newspaper that commented on the Indian Prime Minister’s tenure that is increasingly seen as riddled with corruption, inefficiency and bureaucratic sloth. The Supreme Court has asked the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh to halt […]

  • Eurocratese vs. Democracy

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    National leaders and EU officials often use bureaucratic language to obscure controversial policies. This not only serves to confuse and alienate European citizens, but it undermines the democratic legitimacy of the Union and this will have to change as it acquires more powers. Last week’s high-level Belgo-German Dialogue took place […]

  • What’s the matter with European Socialism?

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    Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s signature “Agenda 2010” welfare and labor reforms may have established the foundations for Germany’s economic success, but these came at the expense of both social security at home and European neighbors abroad. The European Left has yet to recover. “Europe will be Socialist or it will […]