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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    Credit to Angela Merkel for preventing a break-up of the euro zone

    Posted Sep 28th 2013, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... states within the euro zone. There is no doubt that the German economy benefited enormously from the euro-driven economic union. But when the crisis broke out, German taxpayers, understandably, ... the step-by-step approach rather than any grand reform schemes. Euro-zone bonds to lower sovereign borrowing costs? No way. An even tighter banking union than currently planned? Forget it. She perceived ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Asia at risk if insolvencies hit euro zone

    Posted Apr 08th 2013, 12:00am by DAN STEINBOCK

    ... Dan Steinbock Dan Steinbock warns that the post-Cyprus fallout is adding to Europe's existing challenges Asia won't be spared the bill if insolvencies hit struggling euro zone ... the euro zone. Despite some gradual gains, the euro zone continues to suffer from a range of challenges. Monetary stability: In July 2012, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi provided ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    A German exit from the euro is no way to end blame game over debt crisis

    Posted Sep 29th 2012, 12:00am by Andrew Sheng

    ... Andrew Sheng Andrew Sheng says holding the zone together will be hard, but a break-up would be disastrous A German exit from the euro is no way to end the blame game over debt crisis As we enter the fourth quarter of 2012, two influential commentators have questioned whether Germany should exit the euro zone. George Soros argued that Germany must either lead or leave, while ...

  4. Business - Comment - THE WEEK EXPLAINED

    History shows intervening in currency crises is not the only solution

    Posted Mar 25th 2013, 12:00am by Stephen Vines

    ... Stephen Vines Markets have been coping with euro zone contagion for years. Cyprus kicks off another round, but investors should keep their heads History teaches us to keep calm and keep ... what is happening in the euro zone and what happened during the Asian crisis. Asia's crisis started in a nation with a dodgy financial base, Thailand. And although the country recovered, ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Europe's jittery markets find their feet while the economy stumbles along

    Posted Dec 05th 2013, 10:03pm by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... Nicholas Spiro Nicholas Spiro says a look at the economic performances across the euro zone shows prospects remain bleak for turning modest growth into any form of sustainable recovery ... passed. For the past year or so, the bond markets of the periphery of the euro zone, which in 2011 and the first half of last year were a byword for panic and surging yields, have proved extremely ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Austerity measures lead to greater discontent

    Posted Sep 05th 2012, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... 'No pain, no gain' policy is not helping struggling nations I refer to the letter by Samantha Datwani ("Austerity plan only option for euro zone", August 23). To conclude her recommendations for the euro zone, your correspondent said that austerity measures "steer economies from running corporatism to an approximation of well-functioning ...

  7. Business - Money

    Hong Kong stocks at three-week low on earnings woe; Belle slumps

    Posted Aug 22nd 2012, 05:24pm by Jeanny Yu

    ... Jeanny Yu Hong Kong stocks fell to their lowest level in nearly three weeks after more interim results fell short of market expectations and after a Greek bid for more time to enact reforms and make spending cuts revived euro zone jitters. Chinese footwear and sportswear group Belle International Holdings (1880.HK) lost 4.58 percent to HK$14.2, after HSBC downgraded the stock ...

  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Thank the Cypriot parliament for averting euro-catastrophe

    Posted Mar 21st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... anxious to avoid any accusations that German taxpayers are being forced to bail out Russian tax-dodgers. As a result, they are insisting that the euro zone's authorities should contribute ... voted down. Now, however, assuming everyone wants Cyprus to remain in the euro zone, both the Cypriot government and the European authorities face a nasty dilemma. Cyprus can hope to negotiate ...

  9. Business - Economy - ITALY ECONOMY

    Renzi’s mission: nurse Italy back to health

    Posted Feb 20th 2014, 11:50am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... the changes the country sorely needs is a massive challenge. It is nevertheless vital to do so if Italy's US$2 trillion economy- one of the world's biggest, the euro zone's third-largest and among the top 10 exporters globally- is to make it off the European Commission's critical list. Disease set in long before the euro-zone crisis erupted in 2009, as a cursory ...

  10. Comment - Blogs

    Harlan settles into his Comfort zone

    Posted Jan 03rd 2014, 08:39am by Anna Healy Fenton

    ... “Lan Kwai Fong is not about luxurious, it’s about cool, fun” he says. So the opened up the windows in Grand Progress Building in changed the deep red steak joint into a “Euro loft-style resto”. ... that wouldn't quite fit in his trendy upmarket joints like Gold. “It’s my comfort zone, it’s food for friends.” Having dug out 30 old recipe books from storage in the New Territories, he nearly drove ...




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