There will be no third Greek bailout until after Angela Merkel is safely reelected later this month. Once that’s in the bag, though, there’s no time to waste, because the IMF has instituted a very sensible rule for dealing with immediate crises. Read more »
For all their saber-rattling and bold talk about a fix to the problem of global financial risk, the Germans haven’t done a hell of lot to rein in their banks. There is, for instance, no Großdeutschesvolckerregierung. At least, not yet. Read more »
Now that the U.S.’s economic recovery is a sure thing, thanks to the hard work our sage and wise leaders put in a couple of hours after allowing the country to fly off the fiscal cliff, weary eyes turn to the other side of the Atlantic, where the Germans and Italians look to elect similarly sage and wise representatives. Well, the Germans, anyway. Read more »
We know that she’s no Paul Ryan, but compared to her opponent in September’s German parliamentary elections, she’s the second coming of Ronald Reagan. Happily for those who care, the German Socialists (can you believe they actually have a party that puts that word in their name?) have nominated for the Chancellery Peer Steinbrück, a man whose never run in an election he didn’t lose and whose suave handling of matters during his time as Merkel’s finance minister ensured that Europe’s approach to financial matters did not quite merit the lofty title of final solution.
For while Steinbrück did not coin the loving term “locusts” for hedge funds and private equity firms—the last man to lead the SPD to defeat at Merkel’s hands, Franz Müntefering, did—he certainly did his level best to extirpate the capitalist demon during his four years at Berlin’s FinMin. But fear not, the media assures. Not only is he 10 points back in the polls, but: Read more »
Actual Debate: Should Angela Merkel Slip Into Something More Comfortable To Indicate She’s Open To Euro Bonds?By Bess Levin
Ms. Merkel has taken Bettina Schoenbach’s advice to heart, exclusively wearing straight-cut pants and three-button, diagonal-pocketed blazers from the German designer…While that sartorial consistency may have been an asset earlier in her career, it could become a problem as Ms. Merkel pushes the unpopular message of austerity to European Union members and faces a restless electorate at home, says Robb Young, author of “Power Dressing: First Ladies, Women Politicians & Fashion.” “Her static wardrobe can be perceived as an honest reflection of her political persona—a no-nonsense, rational woman,” says Mr. Young. “But the same unwavering resolve to maintain this habitual, signature style could be a liability among certain voters aching for signs of change.” [WSJ via Heidi Moore]