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The Franco-German axis, which for so long has defined the European Union, has taken some serious hits lately. Following the trauma of the eurozone crisis, the relationship between the two countries is heading towards a historic post-war low – to the po…

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Yesterday we published a range of different promises and reckless predictions made by politicans regarding the euro over the last 15 years. Its quite clear that politicans, central bankers and others got it spectacularly wrong on the euro – displaying …

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Greek PM George Papandreou made quite an astonishing comment over the weekend regarding the charge that Greece had cooked the books in order to gain entry to the euro.Papandreou insisted, in an interview with El Pais, that letting Greece into the euro …

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If all the recent events weren’t enough, a story in today’s Guardian poses another question mark against the long-term economic prospects of the eurozone. Germany, the EU’s economic powerhouse and ‘paymaster of the eurozone’, is shrinking and faster th…

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Things aren’t looking great for the AIFM Directive. At least not from the point of view of developing countries, SMEs, European taxpayers, pensioners and assorted charities – all of which will be negatively affected if the Directive is passed in its cu…

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It has been an absolutely extraordinary week in European politics. A Con-Lib coalition government has been formed in the UK; the eurozone has been shaken to its very core amid the ongoing sovereign debt crisis; European leaders have agreed on a mind-bo…

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