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    European Central Bank Lowers Interest Rates, Trumping "Zero Lower Bound" Theory

    The European Central Bank (ECB) lowered a key interest rate to 0.25 percent on Thursday. This is a big deal, since it demonstrates that the ECB has the ability and the will to stabilize euro inflation, which has fallen below the ECB’s target and become a drag on real growth. … More

    Cyprus: Big Government on a Little Island

    The Cyprus bailout fiasco continues, elevating the four-year-old eurozone debt crisis to a new level of volatility and uncertainty. At the core of the debacle lies the tiny island’s outsized banking sector, which is over eight times the size of the economy. But the third-smallest European Union (EU) member has … More

    Low-Income or Filthy Rich, Cyprus Residents to Have Bank Accounts Raided

    The Republic of Cyprus has agreed to a eurozone bailout that will raid the bank accounts of Cyprus residents. In July 2012, the Republic of Cyprus became the fifth eurozone member to request a bailout. Eight months later, Cyprus has agreed to a €10 billion ($13 billion) bailout package with … More

    Debt Drag: Krugman, Konczal Miss the Point

    On their respective blogs, economists Mike Konczal and Paul Krugman criticize the widely cited finding that a nation’s debt above 90 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP) slows economic growth. They presume that the limitations of one study by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff mean that its warning can … More

    European Union Loophole Allows Iran to Circumvent Full Force of Sanctions

    A technical loophole is allowing the theocratic regime in Iran to skirt the full force of economic sanctions meant to compel the country to give up its nuclear ambitions. A recent letter from a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators to the presidents of the European Council and European Central Bank … More

    Why Won’t the Euro Crisis Just Go Away?

    The European euro/debt/growth/banking/identity crisis is entering its third year. With so many summits, toasts, tense conference calls, and self-congratulatory pronouncements of ultimate success by Europe’s brightest lights, why won’t the crisis just go away? Instead, it is ramping up as interest rates on Spanish and Italian debt rise to critical … More