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Happy (Global-Debt-Jubilee) New Year to All

Happy (Global-Debt-Jubilee) New Year to All

The world’s leaders and top economists failed to see the 07/08 banking debt crisis coming but now a two-decade long EU Great Depression threatens and the choice may be between a bank-punishing private debt global write-off or authoritarian regimes — which is “where Hitler came from”.  A documentary made by Sveriges Television (SVT), the Swedish public service television […]

Hand-Crafted Very Digi-Modern Post-its

Hand-Crafted Very Digi-Modern Post-its

At first glance they may look like massive trompe d’oueil artworks stretching up glass-fronted facades for dozens of floors on major skyscrapers in Paris business districts. (Read more online French News here) But look more closely. They are in fact handcrafted designs using thousands of multi-coloured Post-it stickers courtesy of the bosses of some of the […]

Optimism, a Gâteau of 111 Ingredients

Optimism, a Gâteau of 111 Ingredients

Tired of doom and gloom, fed up with the glass-half-empty brigade, cheer-up La France has plenty of reasons to be happy, in fact 111 significant ones if l’Express is right. (Read more online French News here) Why exactly the writers selected 111 reasons we are not told but in its special 12-page cover story, a […]

The Greek Tragedy Destroying The EU

The Greek Tragedy Destroying The EU

Hamartia, hubris, nemesis, anagnorisis, catharsis is how one British commentator describes the way the Greek tragedy is currently playing out, but what is happening to Greece is a disaster for Euroland, a crass failure of French and German leadership and an ominous watershed for European democracy. Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a former trader turned philosopher and author of […]

Cantona’s Goalfree Bank-Run

Cantona’s Goalfree Bank-Run

Soccer hero Eric Cantona inspired internauts but failed to impress the home team December 7 as France’s much hyped bank-run disrupted very little if any business at the nation’s 25,000 bank outlets. But that doesn’t mean the wider message failed to hit the mark. Cantona may not have persuaded the 98% of his countrymen that […]

Could Cantona Cause a Bank Run?

Could Cantona Cause a Bank Run?

First the French Finance Minister wagged her finger, then a top banker weighed in and now the media are in full flow, Cantona’s efforts to provoke a bank run in France on December 7 just scored a goal. As we blogged here earlier Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is “irritated”, according to Le Figaro, by Cantona’s […]

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