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Denmark Tightens Stance on Refugees
January 28, 2016 | Transcript [pdf]
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard discusses a controversial new law in Denmark that allows the immigration authorities to seize valuable items from refugees, a move aimed at slowing the rapid influx of migrants that some feel threatens the traditional welfare state.
Making Sense of Market Mayhem
January 19, 2016 | Transcript [pdf]
Angel Ubide says uncertainty about China's growth outlook and the path of oil prices is keeping global markets on edge, even though the US economy is still fundamentally sound.
World Owes Japan an Apology
December 29, 2015 | Transcript [pdf]
Tamim Bayoumi says the case of Japan shows just how hard it can be for governments and central banks to stimulate growth and inflation when demand is weak.
Two Cheers for Congress on IMF Funding
December 22, 2015 | Transcript [pdf]
Edwin M. Truman hails the decision to provide fresh US funding to the multilateral lender but argues the move comes a bit too late to prevent damage to American leadership.
An Ever Closer European Banking Union
December 21, 2015 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicolas Véron discusses key upcoming steps in what he sees as a central aspect of European integration—and one key to preventing another financial crisis.
Fed Finally Ready to Hike Interest Rates
December 14, 2015 | Transcript [pdf]
David J. Stockton says the Federal Reserve will certainly raise interest rates this week—the bigger question is how soon they make their second move.
Great Migration to Europe
December 8, 2015 | Transcript [pdf]
Jacob Funk Kirkegaard sees opportunity in Europe's migrant crisis for a closer integration and discusses a new proposal that involves greater regional coordination.
China Joins SDR Club
December 1, 2015 | Transcript [pdf]
Nicholas R. Lardy says that the International Monetary Fund took a positive step by including the renminbi into the special drawing rights (SDR) global currency basket.
Can Macri Deliver on Macro Reforms?
November 24, 2015 | Transcript [pdf]
Monica de Bolle discusses the center-right victory in Argentina's presidential elections and what it means for the country's economic reform prospects as well as the region.