Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

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    A New Greek (Economic) Fuel: Olive Oil

    Oct 26, 12 • 2705 Views • No Comments

    The Greek government needs its newest bailout infusion. But in return, austerity would include (among many other requirements) cutting certain civil servants’ salaries by as much as 35%, raising the retirement age again but this time to 67, and......  [read more]

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    Understanding Germany

    Jun 28, 12 • 561 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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    Do You Believe in “Pink Quotas?”

    Jun 7, 12 • 915 Views • No Comments

    Italy has just declared its “pink quota.” A new law mandates that by 2015, women should be one-third of all board members for listed and Italian state-owned firms. Currently, the total is somewhere between 3.7 and 6%. (Checking 2 sources, I found......  [read more]

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    Aspirin for the Euro Zone?

    May 8, 12 • 639 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]

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    Greek Taxes

    Nov 29, 11 • 901 Views • No Comments

    Having added property taxes to electric bills, the Greek government is shutting off the power to people who do not pay what they owe. The response? In a northern suburb of Athens, a mayor has assembled a group of electricians to reconnect people who lose......  [read more]