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Lip Service From the ECB

The European Central Bank has gotten itself so gnarled and twisty-tied over the communication of its new “forward guidance” policy that it evidently felt inspired to give lessons in the art of communicating. In a paper titled “Loose Lips Sinking...

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Photograph by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Draghi Tells German Skeptics Bond Plan Is Averter of Catastrophe

If you want to send a clear message to the German public, the place to do it is apparently Shanghai. As in Shanghai, China. A week before Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann gives his views on Mario Draghi’s euro-saving OMT program...

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Photograph by SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Is Cyprus Euro-Exit Talk More Than Talk?

Bailed-out and bankingly challenged Cyprus is a “unique case,” the entire European policy establishment tells us. One under-reported way in which Cyprus is unique is that chatter about eventually leaving the euro isn’t limited to the fringes. It’s part of...

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Photograph by Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

ECB’s Emergency Cash Becomes Last Bulwark Against Chaos

The euro area has just come as close as it ever has to learning that what the European Central Bank gives, it can also take away. Before euro-area ministers agreed a last-ditch bailout in the small hours of Monday morning,...

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Photograph by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Banker-Bonus Rules Stoke Tempers in Berlin

Draft rules to scale back banker bonuses were enough to prompt a public spat yesterday between Deutsche Bank co-Chief Executive Officer Juergen Fitschen and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble as the two men sat side-by-side on a panel discussing finance...

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Photograph by Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Monti’s Virtue vs. Germany’s Vices

For once, Mario Monti had a sympathetic audience — dozens of European officials he mingled with and presided over during a 10-year European Commission career that, by the looks of it, he will remember more fondly than the 15 months...

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