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Beyond Wirecard: What Really Ails German Finance

Reforms proposed after the fintech scandal will not be enough to fix a shaky banking sector.

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Germany’s COVID 19 Comeback Story

Germany looks at a solid, but uneven economic rebound from the pandemic, largely based on a pronounced home bias in economic activity.

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An Easy Way to Provide Debt Relief for the World’s Poorest Countries

Donor governments do not have to fund poor country debt relief from their fiscal budgets. They can tap long-unused reserve assets available at the IMF called Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).

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EU 2020 = US in 1913?

With regard to the EU’s own financial resources, Europe is taking another page from U.S. financial history.

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COVID 19: Assessing the Global Corruption Fallout

Corruption is bad today, but bound to get worse. Governments’ response to the COVID 19 pandemic amplifies the opportunities for abuse.

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Do Black Nations Matter in Brussels?

Even the biggest supporter of the EU at times has to pause and ask why it is so keen on double standards. It blacklists poor African countries for money laundering, not rich countries.

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Argentina: Greed, Bonds, COVID and Your Cash

Argentina has defaulted on its debts, again. Will the IMF and investors be merciful?

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How Financial Triumphalists Destabilize the US Economy

As long as the Wall Street triumphalists’ unreflected “why worry?” thinking remains the norm, the urgently needed pursuit of a U.S. economic reform agenda will go nowhere.

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March 23, 2020: The Day the US Economy Did Not Crash

The day when Fed Chairman Jerome Powell rode in to rescue financial markets to prevent their complete freezing up could have entered our history books as another global mega-crash.

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Trump Threatens China

Will Trump unleash a new trade war that could seriously impede the post-corona recovery?

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