Posts Tagged ‘Germany’

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    Understanding Germany

    Jun 28, 12 • 229 Views • No Comments

    Are Germans thinking, “We did it and now it’s your turn?” Ten years ago, Germany’s unemployment rate averaged more than 9% and economic growth was close to zero. Jobless workers, depending on their family status, were receiving 60-67%...  [read more]

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    The European Union “Family”

    Jun 2, 12 • 223 Views • No Comments

    The results of a European Pew Research opinion survey among 8 nations reminded me of a dysfunctional family. As you look at the tables below from the Pew Report, you might think of Germany as the successful sibling, Greece as the “black sheep,”...  [read more]

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    Bogeys, Birdies and the Eurozone

    Jun 1, 12 • 245 Views • No Comments

    Analyzing more than 1.6 million putts, including Tiger Woods, 2 University of Pennsylvania economists concluded that professional golfers putt better when avoiding a bogey (a stroke over par) than when trying for a birdie (a stroke under par). The reason? Our...  [read more]

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    Exit Plans

    May 24, 12 • 294 Views • No Comments

    A British charitable trust has offered a hefty reward for the best eurozone break-up plan. Their goal? Improve and influence policy though a 250,000 pound ($393,430) incentive prize. As I read through the finalists’ plans, the unfathomable complexity of...  [read more]

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    Aspirin for the Euro Zone?

    May 8, 12 • 263 Views • No Comments

    Tomorrow is Euro Day and it reminds me of aspirin. On May 9, 62 years ago, the French foreign minister proposed a limited economic partnership with West Germany. By the time the treaty was signed in 1951, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and Italy had...  [read more]