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How Germany’s selfishness is killing the eurozone

It’s in Germany’s interest to keep the euro high. Pity for all the other eurozone countries, which would begin to recover if the euro was lower, writes ex-RBA economist and Business Spectator writer Callam Pickering.

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When in doubt, vote no

Irish voters decide to keep their Senate after all, writes Charles Richardson. Meanwhile, British politicians are arguing about giving their voters the opportunity to decide whether to keep EU membership.

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Deutschland decided: (almost) everyone wins, Merkel for grand coalition

Angela Merkel doesn’t have a majority, but she will form government, most likely in coalition with the Social Democrats. The Social Democrats had offered an alternative to government — now they will govern.

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On economic growth, Labor produced the goods

As the dust settles on Labor’s time in office, we can see Australia’s economic growth performance under Labor was a stand-out.

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Morning Market Report

The German constitutional debate about the legality of the ECB’s OMT (Outright Monetary Transactions) program continues with the head of the Bundesbank arguing that Germany risks significant losses and grave damage to its credibility and ultimately it is the German tax payer who carries the risk.

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The UK’s little problem with Europe

Can British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Tory government hang onto EU membership? Or will the UKIP and its allies force the country to go it alone?

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Whatever the forecasts contained in tonight’s budget, they will almost certainly be wrong. Plus other political views along the way.

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Crikey readers talk Tom Waterhouse and the problems with the EU.

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Lessons from austerity front lines: cutting spending is not the answer

As revenue writedowns become apparent in the federal budget, keep in mind the lessons from austerity offshore. Crikey writers Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

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The (actual) cost of bailing out Cyprus? 23 billion euros

Cyprus’ rescuers have emerged as a bunch of pie-in-the-sky bureaucrats who have just added 5 billion euros to the country’s already huge bailout bill. And now there’s new questions over Portugal.

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Barring catastrophe, RBA will not cut rates further

If the Reserve Bank cuts its key cash rate from now on, you will know something terrible has happened offshore or something has gone bad very quickly in the local economy

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Cyprus bailout hits the trifecta

Crikey readers — and Guy Rundle — talk Cyprus, DFAT’s responsibilities and our out-of-control debt.

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Dyer: as Cyprus goes, so goes the eurozone

Cyprus is in tatters following the disastrous bank bailout offer a few weeks ago and this week’s new economy-“saving” bailout. Is this the new face of the eurozone? And could the Cyprus crisis bring down the entire economy?

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Abbott needs to face the media

Crikey readers talk the Cyprus bailout, Boris Johnson’s marvelous interview and their own dream cabinet.

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Cyprus bank crisis an elegant tax haven punishment

The EU’s Cyprus operation was not a stuff-up, but an elegant double-whammy, hitting both European tax havens within the EU/eurozone purview and smacking the Russian bear on the nose.

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Media briefs: Crete/Cyprus … Boris goes down … they’re for Cairns …

Crete, Cyprus, what’s a few hundred kilometres, a banking crisis and a minotaur or two?

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Who is going to lead Labor at the next election, the only positive about the Cyprus bank crisis, and other political issues of the day.

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Eurozone set for more pain — and it’s Italy’s fault

Italian voters have rejected austerity, opting instead for Berlusconi and comedian Beppe Grillo at the weekend’s election. This will not end well for the Italian economy, or the eurozone.

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Forget the PIGS, it’s the UK really infecting Europe

Australia’s dollar is holding steady amid better news out of Europe. But the real worry now is Britain, where a return to recession is now a dangerously real possibility.

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IMF trims global forecast, but news still good in Asia

A small trimming of the IMF growth forecast was down to the eurozone contracting instead of growing. That hardly justifies the tone of some of the stories. It’s a tiny tidying up, the smallest bit of forecasting housekeeping you can have.

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Cameron’s ‘a la carte’ EU idea just national chauvinism?

David Cameron is playing to his base, largely, in giving Britons the option of divorcing the European Union. But European leaders are warning there will be consequences — for the EU and Great Britain.

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David Cameron’s Euro vision: would he dare abandon the EU?

David Cameron will outline his vision for Britain’s place in the European Union next week. Would he dare signal a split? It would be a disaster for a still-faltering economy, says EU researcher Keshia Jacotine.

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‘The only thing that can save us from Berlusconi is his death’

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has ended months of speculation and dramatically declared a return to Italian politics. So what’s ‘Il Cavaliere’ up to, asks Josephine McKenna.

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Who’s afraid of European economic collapse? Not us

Economies and Europe remain recession-hit, but markets are paying less attention. There’s a growing confidence across the world that policy settings are now correct.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: recession bites Europe…again

The impact of the world financial crisis lingers on. And the harsh-austerity countries did much worse than the OECD was expecting.

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