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ECB blues

The Open Europe team has spent a couple of weeks delved into the books of the European Central Bank. Trying to get to the bottom of what’s actually on the ECB’s books is a bit of a mission, given that the institution is so opaque that it would probably…

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According to some reports, between 80,000 and 100,000 people took to the streets of Athens yesterday in the 12th day of protests against the government’s ongoing austerity drive, as dictated by the EU and the IMF.Crowds have pledged to continue prote…

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The Guardian yesterday reported that Labour MPs are considering working “with parliamentarians from any party” to limit Britain’s involvement in future eurozone bail-outs, in what appears to be an invitation to Tory eurosceptics. Although its demands r…

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Learning the hard way

Zerohedge is taking a somewhat amusing look at calls in Germany last year for buying Greek government bonds, spearheaded by a campaign in Handelsblatt under the headline “We are buying Greek government bonds!”Amongst a range of prominent people explain…

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The exact consequences for the eurozone of the True Finns’ success in yesterday’s Finnish elections remain unclear. The result makes it the third largest party, securing 39 seats in the 200-strong parliament with 19% of the votes, close behind the Nati…

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First to the Finnish line

This is a graph showing the support for the different parties, according to a poll published last night, ahead of the Finnish national elections on Sunday. All international eyes are on the True Finns (fourth from the left) – the party that has said i…

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