German economy is sickened by more than the virus

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2020


What does it mean that Germany, Europe’s biggest economy has plunged into a recession? That times are hard, to use the platitude doing the desperate rounds on email, in Twitter DMs and in conversations, as people lose their jobs in so many sectors, in so many parts of the world. Last month, German economy minister … Continue reading “German economy is sickened by more than the virus”

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How united is the European Union on anything other than resisting #Brexit?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 17, 2016


It’s an important question. How united is the European Union on anything other than #Brexit? I don’t ask this in a partisan fashion, but because it’s worth considering the facts about European unity in a turning world. As the recent EU leaders’ summit in Brussels showed, the bloc is divided on key issues. These include … Continue reading “How united is the European Union on anything other than resisting #Brexit?”

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Greece needs an in-out decision from Europe. Else these 8 things will linger

by Rashmee

Posted on July 12, 2015


The European Union will discuss Greece today – and it is to be hoped that it will be decisive and end this whole business once and for all. Either embrace Greece wholeheartedly or kick it out firmly. Today should be the in-out summit, something like the UK’s planned in-out referendum on the European Union. The … Continue reading “Greece needs an in-out decision from Europe. Else these 8 things will linger”

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Known knowns: A Greek exit would endanger the whole euro project

by Rashmee

Posted on June 22, 2015


As the European Union gets into an emergency huddle today, the language of the threat posed by Grexit remains unsaid. Here it is: The euro would no longer be an irreversible reality. Is this why an EU official started off on Monday commending the new Greek austerity proposals as a “good basis for progress”? It’s … Continue reading “Known knowns: A Greek exit would endanger the whole euro project”

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Unknown unknowns: What if Greece fell off the map and into Hellas?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 21, 2015


Ahead of Monday’s emergency European Union summit on Greece and its tangled affairs, here’s a question to consider: what if Greece were no more? As ‘Greece’, the English-ism of  the Latin ‘Graecia’, which really only means land of the Greeks. What if there were only Hellas or Ellada (as the Greeks themselves refer to their … Continue reading “Unknown unknowns: What if Greece fell off the map and into Hellas?”

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Unknown unknowns: Who gains if Greece defaults and exits euro?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 20, 2015


Who gains if Greece defaults on its liabilities and exits the eurozone? Athens, one might have thought. As with the spendthrift, once bankruptcy is declared, there should come a certain welcome sense of liberation. The psychological weight of having to do what you’re told even if you don’t like it, will suddenly lift. Greece will … Continue reading “Unknown unknowns: Who gains if Greece defaults and exits euro?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK