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Issue 4/Jul-Aug 2010


* Time to Deliver: The Group of 20 at the Crossroads. Between Toronto and Seoul
The summit meeting of the Group of 20 most important industrialised and emerging countries (G20) in Toronto on 26-27 June 2010 reminded us that even extended informal management bodies in the global economy can only be as good as their member governments. Since the Pittsburgh summit last autumn there has been virtually no recognisable progress in the field of international cooperation, Rainer Falk analyses.

* Taming of Finance in Times of Austerity. From stimulus to consolidation?
It was not long ago that we could say, “We are all Keynesians now.” The financial sector and its free-market ideology had brought the world to the brink of ruin. Markets clearly were not self-correcting. Deregulation had proven to be a dismal failure. The “innovations” unleashed by modern finance did not lead to higher long-term efficiency, faster growth, or more prosperity for all. A comment by Joseph E. Stiglitz

* Hungary's Defiance of IMF and EU Authorities. Guardians of austerity in Europe in disarray
The government of Hungary has taken on a lot of powerful interests in the last couple of months, and so far appears to be winning – despite provoking outrage from “everybody who’s anybody.” “The IMF should hold the line,” shouted the Financial Times in an editorial the day after Hungary sent the IMF packing in July. “With so many countries in vulnerable positions, it cannot be seen to be a soft touch. Showing a few yellow and red cards is a good way to send a signal to other governments that might be tempted to flirt with indiscipline.” A comment by Mark Weisbrot

* Seperately (as free content): The European Civil Society Round-Up

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