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The ECB Acts, but More Action Is Needed
June 6, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Angel Ubide says the European Central Bank's packages of monetary measures are a step in the right direction, but more must be done to counter excessively low inflation in Europe.
The ECB Acts to Counter Deflation Threat
June 5, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard assesses the package of monetary stimulus steps by the European Central Bank, saying they fell short of what markets expected but that they could prove effective.
IMF to the Rescue in Ukraine?
May 2, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Douglas A. Rediker says the International Monetary Fund's approval of $17 billion for Ukraine unlocks other aid, but the country faces challenges as it is threatened with possible dismemberment.
Annals of Economic Nationalism: Part II
May 2, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Gary Clyde Hufbauer explains why Pfizer wants to move its headquarters to London and what the United States should do about it: lower the US corporate tax rate.
Annals of Economic Nationalism: Part I
May 1, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicolas Véron explains how the longstanding French embrace of "national champions" has been revived over opposition to a bid by General Electric to take over Alstom.
A Japanese Breakthrough on the TPP?
April 25, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Jeffrey J. Schott says the apparent agreement by Japan to lower tariff barriers on beef, poultry, and other products needs to be fleshed out but could pave the way for a broad accord later this year.
Ukraine Stalemate: Is the Geneva Accord a Dead Letter?
April 18, 2014 | Transcript [pdf]
Anders Åslund says the deal reached by US Secretary of State John Kerry is unenforceable and that Vice President Biden should be prepared to announce new sanctions against Russia in Kiev next week.
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.