Shane Fitzgerald

A portfolio of writing on politics and policy in Europe and Asia

Tag: IMF

The Quest for Consensus

Economic heavyweights have been knocking their heads together at the International Monetary Fund in recent weeks in an effort to Rewrite the Macroeconomists’ Playbook in the Wake of the Crisis.

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International Cooperation and Taxing the Banks

Agreement on taxing international banks looks quite a way off. 

At the 2009 G20 summit in Pittsburgh, leaders asked the IMF to prepare a report for their next summit (taking place in Toronto in June) on how the financial sector could make a fair and substantial contribution toward paying for the costs of future bank rescue packages. Read the rest of this entry »

Eyes on Ukraine

A recent session of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Affairs addressed some worrying developments in Ukraine. The committee welcomed the presentation by the Ukrainian Ambassador, H.E. Mr. Borys Bazylevskyi, which discussed European integration, energy security, the proposed EU-Ukraine free trade area and bilateral relations with Ireland. The Ambassador described how Ukraine has, in the 18 years since independence, managed the transition from being part of the Soviet Union to being an independent state with a market economy.

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