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Niall Ferguson on United States of Europe 2021

Niall Ferguson, Professor of History at Harvard University, has written a tendentious new book, “Civilization,” which asserts, with similar certainty, that we are now living through “the end of 500 years of Western predominance,” that while China is on the rise, the question is not whether East and West will clash, but whether “the weaker” — that is, the United States and Europe — “will tip over from weakness to outright collapse.”

Flash estimate October 2011: Euro area inflation estimated at 3.0%; unemployment at 10.2%

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 3.0% in October 2011 according to a flash estimate issued by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. It was also 3.0% in September.


Eurostat also estimated September 2011 Euro area unemployment rate at 10.2% and EU27 at 9.7%.

Eurozone to ask banks to accept losses of up to 50% on their holdings of Greek debt

Reuters reported yesterday that to the October 23 EU summit, the banks will be asked to accept losses of up to 50% on their holdings of Greek debt. This is much larger haircut compared to the 21% loss financial institutions were asked to accept in July.


This page outlines issues of the Greek storm blowing a 'howlin monster' over Brussels ....


 

ICMB and CEPR group of economists recommendations on USA, Europe and Japan

ICMB and CEPR has published a report Public Debt: Nuts, Bolts and Worries.


 


 


The thirteenth

China charms Europe, but Beijing has own agenda

Europe's frail economies are wobbling under the weight of their debts. Their urgent austerity measures are stunting growth and driving unemployment higher, and their citizens are clamoring for improvements. That has changed the complexion of European dealings with booming China. Crisis-hit European countries are swooning over China's $3.2 trillion cash pile — the world's biggest foreign exchange reserves — even though many are angry about what they view as unfair Chinese practices.


Why Europe has only a month to solve debt crisis

If Europe's leaders do not restructure the euro and European debt within a month, the markets will force it on them.



The highly publicised three-way phone conversation between German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou may have calmed the markets but it provides no solution for Europe's economic and banking woes. If anything, by delaying decisions, it makes the crisis worse.

Euro-Zone Finance Ministers and US' Geithner Debate Ways Of Easing Tensions

-- Geithner urges Europe to overcome damaging divisions, remove "catastrophic risk"

-- Juncker says debt crisis makes stimulus measures impossible

-- Finnish collateral demands discussed but no agreement reached yet

-- Agreement reached on economic governance

EU lowers euro area growth forecasts on worsening outlook from debt crisis

In its latest interim forecast, published on September 15, the Commission presents its assessment of economic prospects in the euro area and the whole of the EU for 2011. The document includes estimates for GDP growth and inflation in the EU and the euro area, as well as detailed projections for the seven largest EU Member States: Germany, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and the UK.

Eurozone inflation August 2011 at 2.5% and unemployment at 10.0% in July

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 2.5% in August 2011 according to a flash estimate issued by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. It was 2.5% in July.

The euro area (EA17) seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was 10.0% in July 2011, unchanged compared with June. It was 10.2% in July 2010. The EU27 unemployment rate was 9.5% in July 2011, unchanged compared with June. It was 9.7% in July 2010.

Eurostat estimates that 22.711 million men and women in the EU27, of whom 15.757 million were in the euro area, were unemployed in July 2011. Compared with June 2011, the number of persons unemployed increased by 18 000 in the EU27 and by 61 000 in the euro area. Compared with July 2010, unemployment decreased by 451 000 in the EU27 and by 247 000 in the euro area.

These figures are published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

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