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Euro crisis returns

For the beleaguered small countries of Europe, the euro crisis has become a form of torture, a death by a thousand cuts.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

A British revolution?

Something very remarkable is taking place in Britain, a policy revolution in which three years of austerity are now to be balanced by the government's new announcement of a dramatic $150 billion surge in infrastructure spending.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
France's crisis looms

France's crisis looms

It is starting to look as though France might be the country to watch this fall as the next phase of the European crisis unfolds.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

A 'fudge' for France

Diplomacy has a language all its own but one of the most useful words is 'fudge' and it means that some creative language was used to keep the show on the road.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Europe's blame game

Casting blame for the Great Recession used to be easy when everyone agreed it was all the fault of the bankers. But now the regulators and officials are blaming each other and the real issues are coming to the surface.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Brits who hate the White House

Brits who hate the White House

The image is deliberately provocative and arresting. It depicts the White House with the gaps between its pillars draped in swastika flags while a battalion of German troops in coal-shuttle helmets marches past.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Europe's prosperity envy

There is a strange thread that connects the Swedish riots, the European soccer final, Britain's planned industrial reforms, the French decision to start teaching university courses in English and the euro crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The trouble with banks.

Maligned and unpopular as Europe's bankers are these days, they have certainly been earning their money. Seldom have they had to operate in such a challenging environment.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Spring in Europe

Like the skies clearing after a storm, some small but hopeful patches of blue and even the occasional ray of sunshine are breaking through the prolonged gloom over Europe's economic prospects. The question is whether these hopeful signs last until Germany's election in September.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Paris vs. Berlin, again

Paris vs. Berlin, again

Under the strain of the euro crisis, trans-national politics in Europe are becoming unpleasantly personal, particularly between Paris and Berlin, which is putting a growing strain on a fragile system.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Merkel almost alone

A consensus is gathering pace in Europe against the controversial and painful austerity policies that are being driven by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The bad math that lost jobs

Back in the 1920s, an Austrian newspaper won the title for headline of the decade with a front-page story that read, "Archduke Franz Ferdinand Found Alive; Great War Fought By Mistake."
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Euro-agony grinds on

The euro crisis is looking like death by a thousand cuts. Just when you thought Cyprus was resolved, a new crisis has broken out in Portugal..
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Printing more money

We live in the age of central bankers, and hope they know what they are doing.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

An anniversary year

This is a great year for anniversaries, including the resignation of the British minister for war in an espionage scandal.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The Cypriot mess

Only a fool would deny the ability of the EU to concoct some last-minute rescue for Cyprus that keeps the great euro suspense drama limping wearily onward.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The best news yet

It isn't often that one gets to report undiluted good news but we now know that the world has achieved the main target of the Millennium Development Goals.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Euro crisis returns

Maybe the British aren't quite as isolated when to comes to the European Union as the conventional wisdom in Brussels likes to think.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The time for women

Two overwhelming facts about women today are that the world is facing a remarkable shortage of females and that they are becoming the better-educated gender.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

The Italian mess

There is a significant chance that by this time next week the world could be back in the throes of a full-blooded financial crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

A declining West?

Europeans are pinning more of their hopes on President Barack Obama's proposal for a Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to kick-start growth.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Battle won, war to be lost

Against most predictions and against tough odds, British prime minister David Cameron won the battle of the European budget last week. But he may have condemned himself to defeat in the far more important and long-term campaign to reform and secure Britain's future relations with its European partners.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

New currency wars

Currency markets overreact, which explains some of the wide swings in relative currency values in recent years.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Cameron's EU gamble

The pledge by Prime Minister David Cameron of a referendum on Britain's continued membership of the European Union has brought a wide range of reactions.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Cameron's EU choice

British Premier David Cameron set himself an almost impossible task when he sought to explain his policy on the European Union.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
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