We speak with Dr Heiner Flassbeck, the former Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at UNCTAD in Geneva, and, former deputy finance minister of Germany. A prominent economist, Flassbeck has been at the forefront of critiq …

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We speak with Dr Heiner Flassbeck, the former Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at UNCTAD in Geneva, and, former deputy finance minister of Germany.

A prominent economist, Flassbeck has been at the forefront of critiquing myths about the financial crisis, and is an unparalleled expert in the particular challenges of the Eurozone.

Flassbeck argues that the most pressing issue facing the European economies is the need to raise wage levels particularly in Germany where the Bundesbank is coming under increasing pressure to reflate the economy. This is essential as the Eurozone and EU economies continue to slow, interest rates at 0.15 per cent and youth unemployment is just under 25 per cent (higher than 50 per cent in Greece and Spain). Flassbeck also tackles the myth that the UK economy is growing due to austerity arguing the UK Government’s policies have failed.

You can see our previous conversation with Dr Flassbeck:

Featured Article by Dr FlassbeckEurope is on the brink of a potentially lethal crisis. A dozen years after the start of the European Monetary Union (EMU) the system is in troubled water and the political leaders, blinded by an anti-government ideology are steering the boat towards some dangerous rocks and risk the end of a long and peaceful ride in a formerly war torn region.

You can find his blog here at Flassbeck Economics.


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