Opinionomics | 14 May 2012
Must-read comment and analysis, featuring pasty-tax funded investment and much Eurocrisis.
1. As European Austerity Ends, So Could the Euro (Bloomberg View)
The euro currency is a malady that condemns at least a generation of Greeks, Italians, Spaniards, Portuguese and Irish to the economic infirmary, writes Peter Boone and Simon Johnson
Jonathan Portes writes that a £30bn infrastructure programme would cost just £150m a year, thanks to historically low gilt yields: that is the revenue raised by the pasty tax.
3. What history tells us about a potential Greek exit (Pragmatic Capitalism)
David Schawel asks what an exit from the euro would look like, and how it would be accomplished.
4. The recession deniers have gone strangely quiet this month (The Independent)
We are in the slowest recovery for a century, with no end in sight, writes David Blanchflower
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard argues that more and more signifiers point to depression hitting not just the developed world but the BRICS as well - and China could be the first to go.