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Risky Business

Wracked by the financial crisis of 2008, banks around the globe have been bailed out with public money and pilloried by public opinion. Still, European governments have yet to find common ground on ways to curb risky trading and regulate dangerous banking practices.

French EU Commissioner Moscovici: 'A Grexit Would Be a Catastrophe'

French EU Commissioner Moscovici: 'A Grexit Would Be a Catastrophe'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2015

In an interview, EU currency commissioner Pierre Moscovici, 57, discusses efforts in Brussels to ensure that Greece remains in the euro zone and why he believes a Greek exit would be a disaster for Europe. Interview by René Pfister and Gregor Peter Schmitz more... Comment ]

Thomas Piketty on the Euro Zone: 'We Have Created a Monster'

Thomas Piketty on the Euro Zone: 'We Have Created a Monster'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 10, 2015

In an interview with SPIEGEL, celebrated French economist Thomas Piketty speaks about Alexis Tsipras' election victory in Greece, Europe's inability to fix its financial woes and what EU leaders can learn from the United States. Interview by Julia Amalia Heyer and Christoph Pauly more... Comment ]

The Grexit Dilemma: What Would Happen if Greece Leaves the Euro Zone?

The Grexit Dilemma: What Would Happen if Greece Leaves the Euro Zone?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2015

Banks across Europe, including the European Central Bank, are preparing for the possibility of Greece leaving the euro zone. With Athens and Brussels still at odds, such an eventuality seems more realistic than ever. But how disruptive would a Grexit really be? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis: 'Austerity Has Done Nothing to Solve Greece's Problems'

Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis: 'Austerity Has Done Nothing to Solve Greece's Problems'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 16, 2015

Greek Finance Minister Giannis Varoufakis has had little luck convincing his EU counterparts that Athens needs a debt cut. He speaks with SPIEGEL about why austerity has failed, how aid conditions are like waterboarding and where the bailout money went. Interview by Thomas Hüetlin and Alexander Neubacher more... Comment ]

Euro Poker: Greece and EU at Loggerheads Ahead of Monday Meeting

Euro Poker: Greece and EU at Loggerheads Ahead of Monday Meeting

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 16, 2015

Greece is insisting on the relaxation of conditions relating to emergency aid, but the euro zone no longer fears the consequences of a Grexit. Both sides are digging in ahead of Monday's finance minister meeting. By Martin Hesse, Christian Reiermann and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Athens vs. Brussels: Greece Inches Closer to Renewal of Debt Crisis

Athens vs. Brussels: Greece Inches Closer to Renewal of Debt Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2015

The new government in Athens is intent on forcing Europe to change its approach to Greek debt -- thus far in vain. A confrontation is brewing, and both sides stand to lose. By Martin Hesse and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Draghi's Dangerous Bet: The Perils of a Weak Euro

Draghi's Dangerous Bet: The Perils of a Weak Euro

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2015

The recent decision by the European Central Bank to open the monetary floodgates has weakened the euro and is boosting the German economy. But the move increases the threat of turbulence on the financial markets and could trigger a currency war. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Operation Helicopter: Could Free Money Help the Euro Zone?

Operation Helicopter: Could Free Money Help the Euro Zone?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 06, 2015

Fears that the euro zone is heading for deflation refuse to abate. Now, many economists are demanding that the European Central Bank hand out money to consumers to stimulate the economy. But would it work? By Anne Seith more... Comment ]

The Zombie System: How Capitalism Has Gone Off the Rails

The Zombie System: How Capitalism Has Gone Off the Rails

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2014

Six years after the Lehman disaster, the industrialized world is suffering from Japan Syndrome. Growth is minimal, another crash may be brewing and the gulf between rich and poor continues to widen. Can the global economy reinvent itself? By Michael Sauga more... Comment ]

EU Banking Stress Tests: 'Far-Reaching Reforms Are Needed'

EU Banking Stress Tests: 'Far-Reaching Reforms Are Needed'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 23, 2014

On Sunday, Europe will release the results of its banking stress tests. In an interview, former PIMCO head Mohamed El-Erian speaks with SPIEGEL about what to expect and how Europe's core countries are failing to adequately confront a flagging economy. Interview Conducted by Martin Hesse more... Comment ]

German Central Bank Head Weidmann: 'The Euro Crisis Is Not Yet Behind Us'

German Central Bank Head Weidmann: 'The Euro Crisis Is Not Yet Behind Us'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 24, 2014

An extended period of calm on the bond markets has led many to conclude the euro crisis is over. But German central bank head Jens Weidmann says in an interview that the coast still isn't clear and that there is still great need for reforms. Interview by Armin Mahler and Anne Seith more... Comment ]