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Why Australia is not a ‘European-style debt quagmire’

Australia’s in no danger of entering “a European-style debt quagmire”, despite the hysteria from surplus fetishists and the conservative commentariat.

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Eurovirus? More likely relevance deprivation syndrome

Warnings about “Eurovirus” are just the latest form of victimhood from the business lobby. Former Future Fund chairman David Murray’s latest assault combines relevance deprivation syndrome, writes Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer.

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Tonight: all eyes on Europe for ECB meeting

The whole world will be watching tonight’s meeting of the European Central Bank on how serious it is about saving the eurozone.

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Greece: a €130 billion exercise in make-believe

The latest bailout deal for Greece still faces serious hurdles, and is based on some heroic assumptions. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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Greece, in freefall, demonstrates the perverse logic of austerity

The collapse of the Greek economy demonstrates the bizarre logic of austerity — the harder you cut, the further you fall behind.

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Surreal moments from the axis of economic austerity

The austerity mindset is now so deeply entrenched in the eurozone that its leaders appear in profound denial.

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Eurogeddon Watch: honey I shrank the bazooka

Europe’s already-inadequate efforts to ensure it can stabilise its economies has suffered another hit.

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Steady drip of bad news as the Euro catastrophe unfolds

The deal brokered at last week’s Brussels summit is unravelling as things go from bad to disastrous in Europe.

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UK-less Europe fights the next war — pity about the current one

Europe’s fiscal compact will address the next financial crisis, but leave the current one to get worse and worse. And the Brits have played themselves out of Europe.

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What not to expect from the euro summit: a solution

Expectations are low for tonight’s make-or-break summit in Brussels. Europe might reform itself, but fail to address the immediate crisis it faces, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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RBA takes fright at a desperate
eurozone

The RBA has cut rates in anticipation of the impact of the European crisis. Given the news out of the eurozone, it won’t be the last cut.

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Swan’s MYEFO tricks to be overshadowed by EU?

The 2012-13 surplus has been preserved, at the cost of moving spending around, but Europe is still a huge threat to the economy.

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Swan can cut, but the bad news from overseas won’t stop

While the mining boom continues to power the Australian economy, the news from offshore continues to worsen.

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Swan’s mini budget challenge

Whether things in Europe are catastrophic or merely disastrous has major implications for the coming mini-budget.

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Eurozone’s Halloween treat: a confection of silver linings and hot air

The markets have seized on the latest European deal with relief. But it’s another confection, and a humiliating one at that, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Inflation down — but does it mean a rate cut?

Inflationary pressures are easing again — but it’s the European crisis that will occupy the RBA board next week, not domestic issues, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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How the euro can be rescued

It will be costly and complicated, but the only way to save the euro is to put in place a range of financial measures that must achieve four primary objectives, according to The Economist.

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Maley: political fiddling as Greece burns

Global financial markets were roiled overnight as Greece’s political situation deteriorated, fanning fears that the country will ultimately decide that defaulting on its debts is an easier route than ongoing austerity, writes Karen Maley.

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Farewell to the Crikey Indicator

After 53 days hopefully it is time to bid farewell to the Crikey Election Indicator

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Market snubs Stokes’ China bank deal … Kiwi economy grows … Fed recovery watch …

Investors gave Kerry Stokes’ deal to buy shares in China’s Agricultural Bank a very decisive thumbs down yesterday. Also, New Zealand’s economy grows, the US Federal Reserve’s recovery caution and other business news.

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The Washington Times | ECONOMY|

Europe’s fail is good for the West

Why doesn’t Germany and the EU just bail out Greece? Mainly thanks to a small detail in the German constitution. But it’s good for NATO that the EU is suffering, writes former US ambassador to the UN John R. Bolton.

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Bricks and mortar, fleecing Greece, grog goes with Coke

Weak figures from the construction sector, new reasons to hate Goldman Sachs, everyone’s are back on the booze, why debt is about to peak, and more business briefs.

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