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Love and death in saving Europe

Love and death in saving Europe




Rita Dulci Rahman

When Marlein Ditch, German Chancellor, informs Jacques Perrier, President of France, that four southern Eurozone countries are planning to form a federation within the Union, the two leaders decide to drastically reconstruct the EU project by enabling nine Eurozone countries to escape from the no-way-out crisis of the Euro.. Of course their initiative is facing strong opposition, even dangerous manipulations, while in their private life unexpected developments lead to the tragic death of a top EU civil servant and the disappearance of the lover of the wife of the President, who was captured and sent to a Center for the Treatment of Information in Africa. All ends well when at the fifth anniversary of the European Federation in 2018 the two main characters share happy life experiences be it out of politics. First Reviews An extremely interesting book, full of surprises and a pleasant voyage in Europe as it takes the readers to several European heritage cities. Meanwhile the main characters have to cope with the EU crisis and painful developments in their private lives. The book is full of unexpected developments up to the last page. Whoever starts reading will only stop at the very end. Robert Vornis served as Ambassador of the Netherlands in Mozambique, Bangladesh, Mexico and Philippines. As the Euro problems worsen, proposals for greater political integration are becoming common. The suggested solution in the novel is exclusive and described with academic expertise in a rare mix with abbergasting creativity. Readers will find themselves on an original ride through the lives, love and death of the main characters. One would hope that the book could influence EU politicians to once and for all solve the crisis. Manuel Ahijado, Professor of Economics in Madrid. Een verfrissend boek, deze hedendaagse bevrijding van Europa met een lach en een traan...' is steevast de reactie van vroege lezers van de nieuwe roman van Rita Dulci Rahman en Jose Miguel Andreu. Niet verwonderlijk, want door de combinatie van de Nederlandse en de Spaanse achtergrond van de twee schrijvers en hun wereldwijde werkervaring is de vooruitblik in de roman op Europa in 2020 een spannend avontuur. De orginele oplossing van de Euro-crisis die in het verhaal onder spanning vorm krijgt, zal hopelijk politici inspireren, maar belangrijker is dat het de lezers een zucht van verlichting zal doen slaken ... het komt goed met Europa en de Euro!

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Macroeconomics

Macroeconomics




J.K. Galbraith

Macroeconomics

In the late 1990s, the United States achieved an economist's dream. Unemployment was below four percent of the labor force for three years in a row. Jobs were plentiful, and job markets were tight. Growth was strong, the stock market was extremely high. And yet there was no increase in the rate of inflation. Moreover the federal budget went into surplus, with tax revenues exceeding public expenditure for the first time in thirty years.

Since that happy moment, dark times have come again, with a recession in 2001, accompanied by lost jobs and rising unemployment and punctuated - though not caused - by terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001. There followed two years of near-stagnation, with recovery resuming only in mid-2003. But now, as we write in the fall of 2005, the U.S. economy is again growing, and the unemployment rate is stable near five percent. Still the economy has problems that worry many. Budget deficits have returned. Trade deficits are exceptionally high. Interest rates are rising. The dollar has been sliding against the new mega-currency across the Atlantic, the euro.

Meanwhile in Europe, a debate rages over the future of the great project of European Union. Europe is racked by high rates of joblessness, especially among the young. Many European leaders - fortified by the advice of many economists - are determined to make their labor markets more 'flexible,' to better follow what they believe to be the 'American model.' In most cases, this means adjusting wages so that workers with low skills receive less pay and enjoy fewer social protections.

In this way, Europe's leaders claim to hope to make such workers more attractive to hire, and so reduce unemployment. But European electorates are unhappy and distrustful. The French and the Dutch have even voted to reject the European Constitution, largely from fear that the new Europe would weaken the role of national governments in the social sphere. Globalization, privatization, deregulation and competition are turbulent and troublesome forces, and it is perhaps not surprising that many would prefer to keep them at bay. But beyond this, it appears that many ordinary Europeans simply do not believe that the solution to unemployment lies in cutting wages. None of this is new. Ever since the 1930s, the question of whether and how the government should take an active role to fight unemployment, to promote economic expansion, and to protect the living standards of working people has been hotly debated. The lines of argument are broadly the same now, though with variations and innovations, as they were then. The divisions and disagreements are broadly the same. It is mainly the circumstances, the facts, and the personalities that have changed.

Employment, growth, inflation, interest rates, deficits, exchange rates and globalization are the substance of modern macroeconomics. You have no doubt encountered all of these words before. But what do they mean? How do they interact? What are the chains of cause and effect between policy instruments, like the interest rate, and policy outcomes, such as unemployment? If you are new to this subject, very likely you have no clear idea. That is about to change when you study this book.

Contents

PART 1 THE MACROECONOMIC REVOLUTION 1 REVOLUTION AND COUNTERREVOLUTION 2 EMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT 3 INTEREST, MONEY AND UNCERTAINTY 

PART 2 THE KEYNESIAN THEORY 4 CLASSICAL AND KEYNESIAN MACROECONOMIC MODELS 5 THE IS-LM MODEL AND THE PHILLIPS CURVE 

PART 3 MONETARISM AND NEW CLASSICAL ECONOMICS 6 AN INTRODUCTION TO MONEY 7 MONETARISM 8 RATIONAL EXPECTATIONS 9 THE AS-AD MODEL AND NEW CLASSICAL ECONOMICS 

PART 4 CONTEMPORARY DEPARTURES 10 NEW KEYNESIAN MACROECONOMICS 11 THE MACROECONOMICS OF OPEN ECONOMIES 12 THE POST-KEYNESIAN VISION 13 THE Z-D MODEL AND THE BUSINESS CYCLE 

INDEX 


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The art of audit

The art of audit




Roel Janssen

Accountability, good government and public trust are intricately linked. Supreme Audit Institutions fulfil an exceptional role in the public domain, checking if governments spend their money properly. They are like 'watchdogs' for citizens and parliaments with the purpose of auditing public expenditure and examining the effectiveness of policies. They aim to strengthen the trustworthiness of government institutions, all the more so in fragile democracies. They do so, for instance, in striving to disclose cases of corruption, not just in the highest echelons of government, but also in everyday petty bribery. And they can be found counting houses, roads and water taps, to see if government's promises are being kept.

On the occasion of the retirement of Saskia J. Stuiveling as the president of the Netherlands Court of Audit, eight (former) heads of audit institutions talk candidly about their work and innovations in the area of public auditing, about how the financial crisis affected their profession, about the advent of open data and about the need for new skills to audit the oil industry. Each of them - Faiza Kefi (Tunisia), Josef Moser (Austria), Terence Nombembe (South Africa), Heidi Mendoza (Philippines), Alar Karis (Estonia), David Walker (USA), John Muwanga (Uganda) and Abdulbasit Turki Saeed (Iraq) - has made a difference in his or her country, often under difficult, adverse and sometimes outright dangerous circumstances. 






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The big reset revised edition

The big reset revised edition




Willem Middelkoop

A system reset seems imminent. The world's financial system will need to find a new anchor before the year 2020. Since the beginning of the credit crisis, the US realized the dollar will lose its role as the world's reserve currency, and has been planning for a monetary reset. According to Willem Middelkoop, this reset will be designed to keep the US in the driver's seat, allowing the new monetary system to include significant roles for other currencies such as the euro and China's renminbi. Prepare for the coming Reset In all likelihood gold will be re-introduced as one of the pillars of this next phase in the global financial system. The prediction is that gold could be revalued at $ 7,000 per troy ounce. By looking past the American 'smokescreen' surrounding gold and the dollar long ago, China and Russia have been accumulating massive amounts of gold reserves, positioning themselves for a more prominent role in the future to come. The reset will come as a shock to many. 'The Big Reset' will help everyone who wants to be fully prepared. This fully revised edition of Middelkoop's book takes into account developments since its original publication, which have only strengthened the case for the coming return of gold.

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The big reset revised edition

The big reset revised edition




Willem Middelkoop

A system reset seems imminent. The world's financial system will need to find a new anchor before the year 2020. Since the beginning of the credit crisis, the US realized the dollar will lose its role as the world's reserve currency, and has been planning for a monetary reset. According to Willem Middelkoop, this reset will be designed to keep the US in the driver's seat, allowing the new monetary system to include significant roles for other currencies such as the euro and China's renminbi. Prepare for the coming Reset In all likelihood gold will be re-introduced as one of the pillars of this next phase in the global financial system. The prediction is that gold could be revalued at $ 7,000 per troy ounce. By looking past the American 'smokescreen' surrounding gold and the dollar long ago, China and Russia have been accumulating massive amounts of gold reserves, positioning themselves for a more prominent role in the future to come. The reset will come as a shock to many. 'The Big Reset' will help everyone who wants to be fully prepared. This fully revised edition of Middelkoop's book takes into account developments since its original publication, which have only strengthened the case for the coming return of gold.






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Growth makes you happy

Growth makes you happy




Peter de Keyzer

'The economy has to keep growing.' So says top economist Peter De Keyzer. In his view, a free market and intelligent growth are necessary for our continued wealth and well-being. Better yet: economic growth is the only recipe for guaranteeing more freedom and more prosperity for all. Nevertheless, after nearly five years of crisis, one no longer seems to believe in economic progress. Growth Makes You Happy is a solidly argued plea in favour of more optimism, more risk, less collectivism, and more freedom.

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