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Europe's prosperity envy

FRANKFURT, Germany, May 28 (UPI) -- 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.

LONDON, May 20 (UPI) -- 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

BERLIN, May 13 (UPI) -- 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

ZURICH, Switzerland, May 6 (UPI) -- 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

PARIS, April 29 (UPI) -- 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

PARIS, April 22 (UPI) -- 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

PARIS, April 15 (UPI) -- 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

PARIS, April 8 (UPI) -- We live in the age of central bankers, and hope they know what they are doing.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

An anniversary year

LONDON, April 1 (UPI) -- 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

PARIS, March 25 (UPI) -- 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

WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- 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

BRUSSELS, March 11 (UPI) -- 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

ZURICH, Switzerland, March 4 (UPI) -- 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

BRUSSELS, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- 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?

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- 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
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