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Storming the Opera House in Ukraine
April 11, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Anders Åslund says Russia's ham-fisted tactics to destabilize Ukraine have backfired, and Moscow may now turn to tougher steps, including an invasion, to halt the country's progress.
The IMF's Existential Crisis
April 9, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Edwin M. Truman, elaborating on his proposal jointly offered with C. Fred Bergsten, says the International Monetary Fund should walk away from the United States if Congress fails to support its governance and finance reforms.
China's Moderate Growth Slowdown
April 3, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicholas R. Lardy says China is taking sensible steps to counter the moderate slowdown in growth, rejecting the route of expanding credit aggressively as it did in 2009.
French Cabinet Shakeup: Old Wine in New Bottles?
April 2, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicolas Véron analyzes President Hollande's Cabinet rearrangement following the electoral defeat of the Socialists, but the basic rightward thrust of his government is expected to continue.
A Small Step Toward European Banking Union Regulation
March 20, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicolas Véron explains that a European agreement on how to deal with insolvent banks moves the process of more unified banking regulation forward.
Can Hollande Take On France's "National Champions"?
February 20, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicolas Véron discusses the French president's pledges to make France more business friendly, but it remains to be seen whether he will temper the country's legendary economic nationalism.
PIIE Debate: How Should the ECB Act to Counter Deflation?
February 14, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Angel Ubide and Jacob Funk Kirkegaard discuss their differing views about whether the European Central Bank should undertake quantitative easing (QE) to combat deflation.
Ukraine on the Verge...But of What?
February 3, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Anders Åslund explains that a new government in Kiev should adopt an amnesty law and take other steps to win the confidence of the West, opening the possibility of a new aid channel.
Has Harry Reid Killed Obama's Trade Agenda?
January 30, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Gary Clyde Hufbauer says that the President will have to confront, or make some concessions to, the Senate Majority Leader to salvage his request for trade promotion authority.
Turmoil in Ukraine, Reverberations in Russia
January 27, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Anders Åslund says that Ukraine's instability is causing alarm in Moscow, where any decision to intervene could spoil the Sochi Olympics.