Archive for the month “Δεκέμβριος, 2013”

The December 15 news roundup podcast Ta Yp’ Opsin (Consider These)

This week on the podcast Ta Yp’ Opsin:

– A budget agreement with partisan warfare
– a «bar room brawl» inside GOP in 2014
– the thorny issue of Greek foreclosures
– EU loses patience with Kiev’s demands
– how U.S. blacklist complicates Iran deal

Interview:
– Professor Evangelos Venetis on the implementation and outcome of the agreement to end the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program
– crushing any opponents in North Korea
– Syrian rebel forces have a few problems
– Uruguay ends prohibition hypocrisy

– a presidential selfie and the ‘fake signer’
– “Affluenza” as defense for a spoiled brat
– Tuesday in German is not a time to die
– a Christmas tree with sex toys in Milan
– North Pole’s postal code is H0H 0H0

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Ta Yp’Opsin (Consider These) weekly podcast (in Greek) with Chicago

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Schäublefreude revisited

The return to Angela Merkel’s cabinet of the austerity-fixated Wolfgang Schäuble is a tragedy for the eurozone periphery 

By Phillip Inman, economics correspondent, the Guardian

Wolfgang Schäuble is back on his throne. Confirmed as finance minister in Angela Merkel’s new cabinet, his commandments will be as keenly followed in the corridors of Brussels as in Berlin. Such is the power of Germany’s economy that Schäuble holds a key vote, and in many instances a veto, when the eurozone’s economic direction is debated. For Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal, his reappointment is a nightmare: they have massive debts to pay, and according to the Schäuble doctrine those debts must be honoured.
For Europe’s low-skilled, poorly paid workers and the young, it is a message that austerity must go on while the benefits of recovery, in the form of corporate profits and tax receipts, are transferred to the old and wealthy. Schäuble makes no apologies for the huge increase in Germany’s working poor: they are necessary for the country’s survival in the global race and to pay for his generation’s retirement plans.
The unemployed of Europe? They must price themselves back into jobs so they can join the working poor.
No doubt figures on Monday showing a small majority of the eurozone’s manufacturing and services industries making a modest recovery endorsed his worldview, ignoring the struggle of many countries to provide basic services.
In his first pronouncement since taking office, he refused to deviate from his line. The resignation of Jörg Asmussen from the European Central Bank’s executive board offered him the chance to replace a doveish supporter of the ECB governor, Mario Draghi, with a hawk. He has found one, in Sabine Lautenschläger, a German bank supervision expert with no monetary policy record. Her role will be to resist further interest rate cuts or any other attempts by the ECB to make credit cheaper.Yet if the periphery must repay its debts, cheaper rates will make the job easier. Businesses could also invest, should cheaper credit be available. Jobs could be created – maybe even good jobs.Schäuble says no. He has offered the 49-year old Lautenschläger his endorsement.
So Germany will keep saving the spoils of its efficiency and lending to the highest bidder. There will be no artificially cheap money to support those countries still in trouble: like children, they would only spend it on sweets.

The December 8 news roundup podcast Ta Yp’ Opsin (Consider These)

This week on the podcast Ta Yp’ Opsin:

– Obama goes back to his agenda basics
– GOP stands by same old ACA critiques
– the Greece-troika deal or no deal ordeal
– the identity crisis of the initiative of “58”
– the first ever EC fines for interest-rate rigging

Interview:
– Professor D. Keridis on Ukraine’s protests

– the truth and lies about Nelson Mandela

– a 7,936-pound lollipop that breaks the record
– «The Scream» as motif for a Christmas tree
– Nine Ladies Dancing up 10% to 20% this year
– an elephant on the run and pigs for adoption in Rome
– the “Before I die I want to…” art phenomenon
– mice and acetaminophen against brown tree snakes
– the municipality that comes and wakes up the students

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Ta Yp’Opsin (Consider These) weekly podcast (in Greek) with Chicago journalists Elena Spilioti and George Zorbas. News, interviews, commentary and great music!

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The December 1 news roundup podcast Ta Yp’ Opsin (Consider These)

This week on the podcast Ta Yp’ Opsin:

– are new performance levels of HealthCare.gov sufficient?
– the unresolved issues between Greece and the troika
– Ukrainian anger at frozen plans to sign EU deal
– Thailand’s worst political crisis takes another turn
– Lebanon’s sectarian tensions over Syria’s civil war
– China’s new air defense zone tests U.S. dominance

– UN helps Hamas to counter fuel and health crisis
– is Putin airbrushing political foes out of history books?
– LV packs its giant brown suitcase off Red Square
– all she wanted was «a nude license for hairstylists»
– DNA monitoring persuades pet owners to clean up
– expressing one’s creativity (or lack thereof) on a dog

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Ta Yp’Opsin (Consider These) weekly podcast (in Greek) with Chicago journalists Elena Spilioti and George Zorbas. News, interviews, commentary and great music!

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