If global trade isn't going to pull the world economy out of its persistent doldrums, why are countries putting so much political energy into signing these agreements?
In a slowing global economy, eyes turned to Shanghai where G20 finance ministers and central bankers sat down February 26-27 to assess the worsening outlook, and agree on what to do together.
There is virtual unanimity among heterodox economists about the shortcomings of the euro, yet a deep division exists on whether Greece should leave the euro or push for institutional reforms.
Much was at stake earlier this week when finance ministers from G20 countries met in Istanbul to discuss Greece and the state of the world economy. But did they agree to too little, too late?
In its current version the European extreme right represents the Europe of peoples, not the Europe of democracies. The threat it poses is serious because European democracy is weak and getting weaker.
How do we reform the international political system? One new radical solution that has emerged as a response to traditional Keynesianism is a multipolar anti-imperialist framework.
The three-fold crisis created by the neoliberal turn in policy is the reason Canadian progressives want to turn the clock back to the pre-1980s period, and think things through again.
The Harper government decided to attack Thomas Mulcair on the issue of Canadian support for additional IMF resources to deal with the euro-area crisis.
By urging fiscal restraint and encouraging austerity, Harper and his G8 summit colleagues in 2010 totally misread the direction of the world economy, and have made a bad economic situation much worse.
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