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Endangered Currency

First Greece -- then Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal: The European common currency has come under pressure from large national debts and the effects of the global financial crisis, ultimately requiring a rescue package close to a trillion euros.

A Tour of France: Examining the New Sick Man of Europe

A Tour of France: Examining the New Sick Man of Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 23, 2014

The TV images of the Tour de France show an idyllic country, but behind the gloss is a nation where fears of decline are prompting people to vote for the far right. A trip along the route of the world's most famous cycling race reveals the deep uncertainty ailing the French. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

More Money Please: A New Plan to Boost Europe's Straggling Investments

More Money Please: A New Plan to Boost Europe's Straggling Investments

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 01, 2014

The euro crisis may have eased recently, but companies and countries in the common currency zone still aren't investing enough to fuel growth. The best solution, a Berlin economics institute argues, is to establish an EU-wide investment fund. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Spending Spree: Anger with Greek Shipowners on the Rise

Spending Spree: Anger with Greek Shipowners on the Rise

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2014

The Greek economy continues to suffer, but the country's shipowners are spending as though there were no crisis. Once popular, Greece's shipping companies are now widely reviled. By Manfred Ertel more... Comment ]

Combatting the Crunch: ECB Plans Negative Rate on Bank Deposits

Combatting the Crunch: ECB Plans Negative Rate on Bank Deposits

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 19, 2014

When it meets on June 6, SPIEGEL has learned, the European Central Bank may implement a negative interest rate for financial institutions seeking to park their money at the Frankfurt powerhouse. The move is aimed at spurring loans. By Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Out of Ammo? The Eroding Power of Central Banks

Out of Ammo? The Eroding Power of Central Banks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 16, 2014

Since the financial crisis, central banks have slashed interest rates, purchased vast quantities of sovereign bonds and bailed out banks. Now, though, their influence appears to be on the wane with measures producing paltry results. Do they still have control? By Michael Sauga and Anne Seith more... Comment ]

Victim of Its Own Success: German Jobs Program for Southern Europeans Falls Short

Victim of Its Own Success: German Jobs Program for Southern Europeans Falls Short

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 11, 2014

When Germany announced a program to attract jobless young adults from Southern Europe, they had no idea how high demand would be. Funding has temporarily run out for travel, training and language learning subsidies. By Markus Dettmer and Claus Hecking more... Comment ]

Drifting into Politics: Is Germany's High Court Anti-European?

Drifting into Politics: Is Germany's High Court Anti-European?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 13, 2014

Germany's Federal Constitutional Court is one of the country's most formidable institutions. Yet recently it has faced criticism for its rulings on the euro and European unification. Have its justices crossed the line between jurisprudence and politics? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Bank Oversight: Europe Stressed by Approaching Stress Tests

Bank Oversight: Europe Stressed by Approaching Stress Tests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 05, 2014

Thousands of ECB auditors have begun examining the balance sheets of euro-zone banks. Stress tests are coming soon. With the European Central Bank in charge of oversight, many hope the EU's financial industry will return to health. But there are risks. By Martin Hesse, Christoph Pauly and Anne Seith more... Comment ]

Heading for the Margins: Why Is Britain Running Away from Europe?

Heading for the Margins: Why Is Britain Running Away from Europe?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 28, 2014

Great Britain used to play a key role in leading Europe, and the benefits have been substantial. But now, the UK is turning its back on the EU and has chosen to focus on peripheral issues. It is the wrong move. An Essay by Will Straw more... Comment ]

Europe or Democracy? What German Court Ruling Means for the Euro

Europe or Democracy? What German Court Ruling Means for the Euro

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2014

Germany's Constitutional Court ruling last Friday marks a significant escalation in efforts to rein in the European Central Bank. The ruling's message? Either the European Court of Justice has to stop bond purchases or German justices will. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]



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