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Stronger Euro is beginning to affect Spain’s trade balance, which has just hit its lowest level in almost a year. Examples like these are why Draghi’s become more vocal about the currency’s strength.

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Madrid (CNN) — Pro-independence parties in Catalonia defied the Spanish government Thursday by announcing in Barcelona that they plan to hold a referendum in November on whether the wealthy northeast region should be independent. (via Political parties announce date for vote on Catalonia independence - CNN.com)

Madrid (CNN) — Pro-independence parties in Catalonia defied the Spanish government Thursday by announcing in Barcelona that they plan to hold a referendum in November on whether the wealthy northeast region should be independent. (via Political parties announce date for vote on Catalonia independence - CNN.com)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Italy can change its diplomatic strategy, pushing for a debtors’ cartel of Club Med states with French leadership to seize control of the ECB and the EMU policy machinery. They have the votes, and the full legal and treaty authority to force through a reflation strategy that would change everything, if they dare. 
This is more or less the new plan of Romano Prodi, Italy’s former premier and “Mr Euro”. He is now calling for Italy, Spain, and France to band together rather than deluding themselves that they can go it alone, and to “bang their fists on the table”. 
Nobel economist Joe Stiglitz echoes the theme at Project Syndicate. “If Germany and others are not willing to do what it takes – if there is not enough solidarity to make the politics work – then the euro may have to be abandoned for the sake of salvaging the European project,” he said. (via Italy’s president fears violent insurrection in 2014 but offers no remedy – Telegraph Blogs)

Italy can change its diplomatic strategy, pushing for a debtors’ cartel of Club Med states with French leadership to seize control of the ECB and the EMU policy machinery. They have the votes, and the full legal and treaty authority to force through a reflation strategy that would change everything, if they dare.

This is more or less the new plan of Romano Prodi, Italy’s former premier and “Mr Euro”. He is now calling for Italy, Spain, and France to band together rather than deluding themselves that they can go it alone, and to “bang their fists on the table”.

Nobel economist Joe Stiglitz echoes the theme at Project Syndicate. “If Germany and others are not willing to do what it takes – if there is not enough solidarity to make the politics work – then the euro may have to be abandoned for the sake of salvaging the European project,” he said. (via Italy’s president fears violent insurrection in 2014 but offers no remedy – Telegraph Blogs)

Saturday, December 14, 2013
Markit Spain Manufacturing PMI
Bump in the road or something more sinister?

Markit Spain Manufacturing PMI

Bump in the road or something more sinister?