The EU’s “Hamiltonian Moment”

When the leaders of the European Union debated a coronavirus rescue package during a five-day marathon, they wound up with a Hamiltonian agreement.

June 2019 Friday’s e-links: From the Jamestown Colony to Working Mothers and Commencement Speeches

Friday’s e-links: Because of a new podcast on the 1607 Jamestown settlement, I truly understood how poor leadership can be catastrophic.

Removing the Bailout Safety Net from the Greek Economy

Although the bailout of the Greek economy just ended, doubts remain about their ability to sustain their long-term debt obligations.

The Lobster War Between Sweden and Maine

The future of North American lobster exports to the European Union was threatened when 32 “surly” reddish green lobsters were found in Scandinavian waters.

The North/South EU Divide For Beer and Wine Consumption

Even when we look at beer and wine drinkers, the North/South EU divide is almost as apparent as with unemployment and debt.

Brexit: How the UK is Connected

Not necessarily all or nothing, the Brexit alternatives could take the UK to the EU connections selected by Norway, Switzerland, Turkey or Canada.

The Smell Test That Some EU Cheese Makers Failed

Just like tariffs and other trade barriers, the Russian embargo of EU cheese helped Russian cheese makers as increases in supply and demand raised prices.

Eurozone: First Latvia and then Croatia?

Reading about Latvia’s probable eurozone entry at the beginning of 2014 and then perhaps Croatia by 2017, I remembered some wise words from economist Russ Roberts. During 2010, he presented a fascinating monologue Econtalk podcast in which Adam Smith and David…

The European Union “Family”

The results of a European Pew Research opinion survey among 8 nations reminded me of a dysfunctional family. As you look at the tables below from the Pew Report, you might think of Germany as the successful sibling, Greece as…

California and Greece

An SAT question:California: US = Greece: EU. California and Greece are similar because…1. California and Greece have debt problems.2. Both have government employees with salaries and massive pension liabilities that they have to cover.3. Both would benefit from a central…