Amanda Bonds

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“A cultural and legal system that is friendly to entrepreneurs is not a luxury, it’s essential. The ability to pursue your own business idea is of critical importance … to young people and to the future global economy.” In today’s bleak labour market, Europe must embrace start-ups and stop looking down on entrepreneurs who are not immediately successful, or it will fail its young people, writes Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission. http://forumblog.org/2013/10/europe-must-embrace-start-ups-or-it-will-fail-its-young/ What can Europe do to develop this start-up culture? Photo: Reuters/Jose Manuel Ribeiro

“Eurobonds . . . are the obvious solution to the root cause of the euro crisis.” George Soros argues that converting all outstanding government bonds – with the exception of Greece’s – into Eurobonds would be the best remedy for the euro zone's main design flaw: by joining the currency member countries’ government bonds were exposed to the risk of default. http://forumblog.org/2013/10/eurobonds-are-best-remedy-for-eurozone-nightmare/ Are Eurobonds the answer to the euro zone's problems?

The economic case against extended maternity leave

AP Photo/Jack Dempsey<p>Time off with a new baby is sweet and so valuable for the family, but does it benefit society too?<p>Not nearly as much as some proponents suggest—and especially not if mothers take longer maternity leaves, according to new research conducted jointly by economics professors in the …

Looking for signs of life, however faint, amid the euro zone’s gloom

The European Commission’s latest economic forecast is sobering reading for anyone who thinks the euro-zone economy is turning the corner. The commission has steadily trimmed its forecasts for GDP growth (see chart above); two years ago, it thought the 17 countries of the euro area would …

Spain has cut its exorbitant Christmas spending by over 40% since 2008

The past few years have been tough for Spain, and Christmas-time is no exception.<p>Spending during the holiday season is expected to fall this year by 11.5%, according to Fuci, the Federation of Independent users and consumers (link in Spanish). “This report serves as a picture of the current …

Germany doesn’t care if everyone hates its export model

Germany’s economic model has been getting rotten tomatoes thrown at it from all angles lately. Late last month, an official US Treasury Department report criticized German unwillingness to boost domestic spending to support demand within Europe’s largest economy. When German officials protested, …

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff 'proud' of protests

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/987000/987767_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534419101_85a182c04be488ff59d74796cbd077e2<p><b>Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has said she is proud of the tens of thousands of people who have taken to the streets to demand better education,</b> …

Think the government shutdown doesn't impact you? Think again

Human puff-adder Bill Kristol drolly noted on Morning Joe this week that the shutdown is not "the end of the world". The Huffington Post's Sam Stein snapped back, "For these people affected by these cuts, it is sort of comparable to the end of the world."<p>I have one quibble with Stein's otherwise …

Does the Government Shutdown Make a Debt Ceiling Crisis More Likely?

Markets don't think the shutdown will get hostage-taking out of the Republicans' system<p>This doesn't mean, though, that markets think any kind of default is likely. A 10 basis point increase in Treasury bill yields isn't nothing, but it isn't much either. And besides, we don't know how that 10 basis …

Latest House bid fails as bitter back-and-forth over government shutdown rages

While up to 800,000 federal workers faced life without a paycheck as Day One of the government shutdown kicked in, Democrats and Republicans persisted in talking past each other without actually talking to each other to end the nation's latest fiscal crisis.<p>The Republican-led House offered its …