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China half-full, France half-empty

PARIS, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- As the end of year looms it is tough to know whether China or France is the more worrying situation for the global economy next year.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Merkel -- Reigning or ruling?

PARIS, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Germany's new coalition government threatens to leave Chancellor Angela Merkel, Europe's dominant politician, reigning rather than ruling in her homeland after the opposition Social Democrats extracted a stiff price for their support.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
That gloomy Summers

That gloomy Summers

PARIS, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Larry Summers says the global economy is in a period of "secular stagnation."
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
1914 and today

1914 and today

LONDON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- When B-52s start flying to assert U.S. power in the face of Chinese ambition, it is worth recalling what 1914 meant, what it lost and what it launched.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Europe buys time again

PARIS, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Claiming triumph in the Iran talks and swallowing disappointment in Ukraine, the Eurozone has also chosen to duck its financial problems yet again.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
The Red Bonnets of France

The Red Bonnets of France

PARIS, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- France is on the verge of a "social explosion," the country's top regional administrators warned the government in a leaked confidential report.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Are the Germans right?

LONDON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Germany cannot continue forever taking money from the rest of Europe without sending something in return.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Breaking the banks

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- As bankers and politicians argued again whether or not to split RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) into a good and a bad bank, a key issue has made few headlines. What governments have given banks with one hand they have taken away with the other.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

It's now Merkel's Europe

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Like the dog in Sherlock Holmes that failed to bark in the night, the significant event of the latest European summit was what did not happen. It did not concentrate on American bugging of the phones and emails of European leaders.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Why Europe's banks tremble

DUSSELDORF, Germany, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Europe's banks and financial officials are all awaiting, in a mix of hope and trepidation, to learn just how the European Central Bank proposes to assess the solvency of Europe's banks.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Is France turning racist?

PARIS, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The stunning success of France's anti-immigrant Front National (FN) party in winning a regional election Sunday with 54 percent of the vote reflects a growing frustration with conventional politics across Europe.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Spain's double-edged recovery

MADRID, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The Spanish economy, after five terrible years that saw unemployment reach 27 percent, is starting slowly and bumpily to recover. Exports are currently growing at an annual rate of seven percent.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Berlusconi's revenge

ZURICH, Switzerland, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Italy has rung the bell to launch the next round of the euro crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Merkel: The dark side

STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The adulation and euphoria surrounding Angela Merkel's re-election success is getting out of hand. The curse of the third term now lies in wait.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Woes beneath Merkel's calm

DUSSELDORF, Germany, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Beneath the apparently smooth path to re-election of Chancellor Angela Merkel, the tectonic plates of German politics are shifting ominously.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
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