Franco Pavoncello interviewed by Christopher Alessi
Eurozone leaders meeting for tomorrow's summit are unnecessarily worried about contagion to Italy, but a growing sovereign debt crisis highlights the role of politics in the markets and the need to find common, EU-wide solutions, says expert Franco Pavoncello.
Martin Wolf writes in the Financial Times that with respect to debt crises in the United States and Europe, approaches such as allowing default, refusing to raise taxes, and promoting currency integration ignore the basic realities of debt economics.
Speaker: Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa Presider: Jacob A. Frenkel
Listen to Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, Italian minister of economy and finance, discuss the European Central Bank, global imbalances, and the regulation of financial markets as part of the Council's C. Peter McColough Series on International Economics.
Italians will head to the polls for parliamentary elections on April 9 and 10 to determine whether Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi or challenger Romano Prodi and his center-left coalition will win the tight race.
With Italy preparing to assume the presidency of the European Union in July, Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini joins Lally Weymouth of the Washington Post to discuss current Italian diplomatic efforts.
The authors argue that the United States has responded inadequately to the rise of Chinese power and recommend placing less strategic emphasis on the goal of integrating China into the international system and more on balancing China's rise.
Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
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