Opinion | ‘Evil Has Won’ – By Michelle Goldberg – NYT

President Trump met with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

“BERLIN — Klaus Scharioth, who served as Germany’s ambassador to the United States during both George W. Bush’s and Barack Obama’s administrations, was born in 1946, the year after Germany’s surrender in World War II. His earliest impressions of America were of a magnanimous, generous country.

“It was never forgotten that the United States included Germany in the Marshall Plan, which you would not have expected,” he told me, speaking of American aid to rebuild Europe after the war. He remembers getting packages of food from the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe, or CARE: “The victor sends the one who is defeated, and who began the war, CARE packages! Imagine that. It doesn’t happen too often.”

In the world he grew up in, America was seen as the guarantor of the liberal democratic order, an order in which Germany, abandoning its aggressive history, would come to thrive. And so for many Germans, it’s a profound shock that the president of the United States now attacks that order, while appearing to fawn over Russia.

“Germans have grown accustomed to the fact that the United States would always be their friends,” Scharioth said. “And it’s like when a very good friend leaves you. It hurts. I would say of all European countries, the Germans psychologically are the ones who are wounded most.” “


Paul Krugman: Greece on the Brink!

For retirees, who are dependent on the market, these dark clouds are worth paying attention to. There appears here, a sad echo between the damaging austerity climate in Europe, and the devastation caused by debtor’s prison in the US over traffic tickets and child support which has decimated the black male population.

Just as a workable economic compromise should be possible, a new government is wary of Europe’s intentions.
nytimes.com|By Paul Krugman

Kosovo is reeling from over-population! (and lack of investment?)

Having a new pen pal in Bosnia, pushed me to look up Kosovo on a map, and read the entire article below. Kosovo is between northern Albania and Macedonia, under Serbia. It sounds like another — this time very small — country reeling from over-population and under investment. “Adding to this brew of troubles is the economy. In a region plagued by aging demographics, it is Europe’s youngest territory, with 27 the average age of its two million citizens. Kosovo would need an impossible 7 percent annual economic growth to offer work to the 25,000 to 30,000 youths the government says finish school each year. ”
The population has quadrupled since 1923, from 500,000 to about 2 Million.
400% / 92 years is and annual growth rate of 4.35. Or is it only a 300% increase, and 3.26% growth rate?

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A disastrous economy, static politics and a newly created opening in the border with Serbia have enticed tens of thousands of Kosovars to leave their troubled land.
nytimes.com|By ALISON SMALE

We need a little more Greece in the European economy.

 Paul Krugman ends his column: “Meanwhile, the first real debtor revolt against austerity is off to a decent start, even if nobody believes it. What’s the Greek for “Keep calm and carry on”?”

Why all the negative analysis about the debt deal that has actually done the rest of Europe a favor?
nytimes.com|By Paul Krugman

Greece needs debt reduction.

PKFP. Paul Krugman for president. I just saw the movie, The Imitation Game, about a team of Britsh code breakers during World War two, which was excellent and fascinating, and recommended to 13 and above — a 9/10. Krugman here is begging for European leaders to lighten up on Greece, to avoid collapse and possible mayhem in Greece. He makes a cogent argument based on how leaders often draw the wrong lessons by filtering history poorly. If the Germans don’t lighten up, Greece should probably leave the European Union, so they they can float down the value of their currency and grow their economy.

Greek debt and the lessons of history.
nytimes.com|By Paul Krugman