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PIIE Debate: Germany's Role in Europe, Part II
December 13, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard and Edwin M. Truman say Germany needs to accept more inflation to help others in Europe, but the difficulties of such a step are formidable.
PIIE Debate: Germany's Role in Europe, Part I
December 12, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard and Edwin M. Truman discuss whether Germany has imposed too much fiscal consolidation on troubled euro area countries and on itself.
A 'Pretty Big Deal' for the World Trade Organization
December 9, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Gary Clyde Hufbauer says the trade facilitation agreement forged at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali was a step forward that could yield major gains for the world trading system.
Puerto Rico's Troubles Take It to Uncharted Waters
December 4, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Douglas A. Rediker explains that because Puerto Rico is not a state or a country, it cannot turn to the usual sources of help but must solve its problems on its own.
Ukraine's Turmoil Without End?
December 3, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Anders Åslund explains the factors behind the protests in Ukraine and predicts that the next step, a Cabinet shakeup, will not end the stalemate or the country's economic troubles.
Lifting Sanctions on Iran
November 26, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Gary Clyde Hufbauer explains that economic sanctions on Iran have worked because of cooperation with Europe, Russia, and China—all of whom back the deal to lift some sanctions to support nuclear negotiations with Tehran.
Tough Questions Confront Yellen and the Fed
November 13, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Douglas A. Rediker says Janet Yellen is likely to defend her monetary views in a cautious way, and that proposals in Congress to "audit" the US Federal Reserve would jeopardize the central bank's historic independence.
How Will China Give Markets a "Decisive" Role?
November 12, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicholas R. Lardy assesses the prospects for implementation of the Communist Party leadership's new commitment to increase the economy's reliance on markets.
A US-European Crisis Over Privacy Invasions? Part II
October 29, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard says that European outrage over US spying will affect trade negotiations and limit the ability of US internet companies to operate freely in Germany, France, and elsewhere on the continent.
A US-European Crisis Over Privacy Invasions? Part I
October 28, 2013 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicolas Véron assesses the political and economic implications of European outrage over the United States' practice of tapping into vast amounts of communications data. Tomorrow: Jacob Funk Kirkegaard offers a separate view of the controversy.