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    Germany feeling headwinds from euro zone crisis, overseas orders shrink

    Posted Aug 23rd 2012, 04:01pm

    ... Germany’s private sector shrank for the fourth month running in August, surveys showed, suggesting Europe’s powerhouse economy is feeling the headwinds from the euro zone crisis as orders ... German economic strength would aid growth and recovery in the broader euro zone economy. Given these numbers, it looks very much as though a blow is being dealt to that,” Dobson said. “What we’ve ...

  2. Business - Economy

    Euro zone crisis, slowing mainland take toll on Japanese exports

    Posted Aug 22nd 2012, 10:59am

    ... economy. “Europe’s debt crisis is the first factor to pull down exports, and the pace of decline is striking. This is comparable to the post-Lehman situation,” said Masayuki Kichikawa, chief Japan ... a year earlier. This was the biggest decline since October 2009, when they fell 29.0 percent due to the U.S. financial crisis, highlighting the struggle European economies are facing. Exports ...

  3. Business - Economy - MONETARY POLICY

    Who's to blame for slack euro zone? Not Germany

    Posted Dec 11th 2013, 11:44am by STEVE HANKE

    ... declared war on Germany. The opening shots in this battle were fired by none other than the United States Treasury Department, which had the audacity to blame Germany for a weak euro zone recovery ... Germany would crank up government spending, then Germans would buy more goods, and all would be right in the euro zone, and around the world – the argument goes. Yes, the anti-austerity crowd has ...

  4. Signs that the euro-zone crisis is finally nearing its endgame

    Posted May 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... of the crisis is that Greece and the other Mediterranean members of the euro zone cannot compete within the single currency. As the second chart shows, between its euro entry in 2001 and 2010, ... Tom Holland After almost two-and-a-half years in which Hong Kong's financial markets have been relentlessly whipsawed by developments in Europe, the euro crisis may finally be nearing ...

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    Russians snap up luxury homes on Spanish coast

    Posted Mar 20th 2013, 01:44pm

    ... sells for 3.5 million euros (HK$35.1 million). Located on a hill full of mansions owned by Russians, the house meets the basic requirements of this market segment: security, quiet, surrounded ... a home worth over 160,000 euros (HK$1.61 million). Menus and signs in Cyrillic letters are common sites in the streets of the town, Russians music plays in shops and Russian newspapers are easy ...

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    New Eurogroup boss an austere bridge-builder

    Posted Jan 22nd 2013, 08:40am by AFP

    ... deficit-busting policies in the crisis-hit euro zone. But Dijsselbloem, 46, had just 11 weeks of ministerial experience on Monday, when the relative unknown was elected to lead the battle against the 17-member eurozone’s worst crisis yet. “A staggering strategist,” according to Dutch financial daily the Financieele Dagblad, Dijsselbloem-- pronounced ‘day-sell-bloom’-- is also, says ...

  7. Business - Economy

    Spanish anger mounts over corruption

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 11:16am by AFP

    ... and a record unemployment rate of 26 per cent, many feel that “the political class is not able to resolve the economic crisis, that it is useless, and that they protect each other”, said University ... containing thousands of euros to party officials on top of their declared salaries. It said the money came from commissions collected from construction firms, insurance companies and anonymous ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance

    Ireland confident of reaching debt deal

    Posted Jan 09th 2013, 12:08pm by AFP

    ... was determined to be the first struggling euro zone country to exit the aid programme, ahead of Greece and Portugal, after rediscovering the path to growth. But with unemployment running at 14.6 per ... The first option must be approved by the European Central bank, with whom Ireland is in negotiations, while the second requires a deal to be struck with euro zone members. Gilmore said Ireland ...

  9. Business - Economy

    Likely new Dutch Eurogroup boss is austere and unknown

    Posted Jan 18th 2013, 12:16pm by AFP

    ... of the Eurogroup, coordinating austerity policies in the crisis-hit eurozone. But Dijsselbloem, 46, will have just 11 weeks of ministerial experience on Monday, when the relative unknown is tipped to begin leading the battle against the 17-member eurozone’s worst crisis ever. The Dutchman announced his apparent sole candidacy to parliament on Thursday, and now appears set to get the job. “A ...

  10. Business - Economy - MACROSCOPE

    The euro is a broken currency and possibly beyond repair

    Posted Oct 06th 2014, 04:10am by DAVID BROWN

    ... and possibly beyond repair The euro's survival hangs in the balance as worries about weakening fundamentals that have dogged private sector investors since the onset of the global financial crisis ... a whisker away from negative territory. Employment prospects remain grim. The euro-zone jobless rate is stuck near its 12 per cent record high. By comparison, the United States is notching up 4 per ...




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