Category Archives: europe

Holidays, Vacations and Capitalism

I’ve always appreciated the distinction that somehow I feel exists more in British English than in American, between a holiday and a vacation. While the former is prescribed, usually by the state, the latter is a personal choice. There are … Continue reading

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Yes Minister on British Diplomacy

It’s been a couple weeks since UK Prime Minister David Cameron rejected the call for a new EU “fiscal compact.” Cameron’s essential beef was that he didn’t want to subject British institutions to the kind of fiscal oversight from Brussels … Continue reading

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Christmas stories and the growing legend of Amazon

Though I’m fairly certain Santa doesn’t exist, at least, in the context of the story, it’s plausible that he could get the job done. I mean if you take as given Santa’s hearty proportions, the fact that he has workers … Continue reading

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More Reasons Not to Take Advice from Goldman Sachs

Over at Zerohedge, Tyler Durden has an amusing piece on why it’s probably not advisable to follow the public pronouncements of Goldman Sachs. Recently, Goldman raised its rating of many European bank stocks from “underweight” to “neutral,” which enabled it, … Continue reading

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Roma in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

If you’re Roma, you probably want to leave the Czech Republic. According to a new study of Romani children of Czech and Slovak nationality who migrated with their families to the UK, overall conditions in the host country far exceed, … Continue reading

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The Loss of Vaclav Havel: More and More is Subtracted from Less and Less

As Internet has noted, often with arresting beauty, Christopher Hitchens has finally bent to that which duly takes us all. And yet all the while he continued to write so eloquently about the experience of dying. The thing about death, … Continue reading

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More on Core and Periphery

Maps like this make visualizing the core-periphery problems in the eurozone pretty fun. The problem is, while this map (accessible here) is sweet for understanding certain regional trends, it’s counter-productive in many other ways – it leads you to see … Continue reading

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