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Solidarity beyond taxation

| 13 October 2012
Blog, Fiscal | Tags: Philanthropy, Wealth Taxes
„Coercion doesn’t create good will” is a wise proverb – occasionally referred to as patriarchal. With a synonym for this adjective being patronizing, it is particularly fitting for the proposal that recently hit German headlines: to bolster public finances shaken by the Euro crisis with ... continue reading

Resisting the perils of protectionism

| 31 July 2012
Blog, Trade | Tags: G20, Protectionism, WTO
We live in highly perilous times. The resurgence of protectionism and the breakdown of the tenuous global trade peace represent some of the greatest perils. On the basis of current trends, such an outcome seems inevitable. It is simply a question of when. While alarmists ... continue reading

EU think tanks: Thinking us through the crisis?

| 14 June 2012
Blog | Tags: Think Tanks
Policymakers should pay more attention to research institutes and think tanks should improve their ability to publicise their ideas. When the Greenlining Institute met in 2004 with Alan Greenspan to alert him about the impending subprime-mortgage crisis and urging him to press lenders for a ... continue reading

Making sense of economic policy

| 6 June 2012
Blog, Fiscal | Tags: Austerity
The past week has seen a marked deterioration in economic sentiment. Job creation numbers in the US were lousy. More evidence of a growth slowdown in China was made public. India’s political paralysis continues. And, in Europe at present, the focus of so many fears, ... continue reading