View Post

Writing the wrongs of the financial crash

In Article Library by Ian Fraser0 Comments

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: August 25th, 2013 FOUR decades of laissez-faire policies have left Britain as a deeply indebted and uncompetitive economy that is unable to pay its way in the world and incapable of rediscovering its economic mojo, according to a number of economists and speakers at the …

View Post

Cannes summit failure leaves euro on borrowed time

In Article Library by Ian Fraser0 Comments

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 6 November 2011 Nicolas Sarkozy had intended to use his time as head of the G20 to achieve lofty goals like rethinking the global financial system and tackling commodity price volatility. But the French president has ended up doing little other than fire-fighting and …

View Post

Italy offers a warning

In Article Library, Latest Articles by Ian Fraser0 Comments

By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 17 July 2011 There aren’t many signs of national bankruptcy in Siena. There is the odd boarded-up shop and the occasional “everything under 99c” store but the cafes are full and la dolce vita goes on. So it came as a shock to find …

View Post

David Harvey: Crises of capitalism

In Blog by Ian Fraser0 Comments

26 June 2011 In this RSA Animate, Professor David Harvey examines the causes of the global financial crisis and suggests it is time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live in a system that is responsible, just, and humane. Whilst I do not subscribe …

View Post

Why the IMF needs a non-European head

In Blog by Ian Fraser0 Comments

1 June 2011 In wake of the resignation of “le séducteur extraordinaire” Dominique Strass-Kahn, we are in desperate need for some fresh thinking on Europe’s sovereign debt crisis. Yet the EU is determined to impose the French finance minister and former corporate lawyer Christine Lagarde as the IMF’s next boss …

View Post

Après Dominique Strauss-Kahn, le déluge?

In Blog by Ian Fraser0 Comments

22 May 2011 Even several days after the story first broke, the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affair beggars belief. One of the most powerful men in the world, on whose input it is argued the very future of eurozone depends — and someone who could easily have become the next president of France …

View Post

Review of 2010: Making the eurozone ‘crisis-proof’?

In Blog by Ian Fraser0 Comments

5 January 2011 Whereas 2008-09 was a period when the developed world leaders were scrabbling around for politically acceptable measures about mopping up the mess left behind by years of weak regulation, poor management and reckless lending by banks and financial institutions, 2010 was a year in which the consequence …