Summary: Banks are the financial heart of modern nations, and Europe's are in trouble. One of its greatest, Deutsche Bank, has severe problems. Here Stratfor looks at the perilous state of Europe's banks, looked in a doom loop by their holdings of government bonds. Can the Eurozone Break Its 'Doom Loop'? Stratfor, 16 February 2017. … Continue reading Stratfor: can Europe’s banks break free from their doom loop?
Summary: Brexit and Trump's election were followed by hysterical predictions of doom by experts, helping journalists manufacture exciting news for their apathetic audiences. Italy's citizens defied their centrist technocratic leaders, producing yet another round of ominous forecasts. For those who like their news straight and sober, here is an analysis of Italy's situation by Stratfor. … Continue reading Stratfor: Italy After the Referendum. What comes next?
Summary: Europe's elites warned that Britain would suffer for daring to leave the EU. Suffer severely and soon. Four months have passed since the June 23 vote and Britain has felt no ill effects. Britain might have the last laugh, since the EU has to redo its budget following the loss of its second largest … Continue reading Stratfor: the EU faces painful budget battles after Brexit
Summary: Here's an essay about the European Union from one of Stratfor's more perceptive analysts. It provides a unusual and insightful perspective on Europe's long quest for unification, and the bumps along the way. Europe, Unhappily Ever After By Reva Goujon. Stratfor, 20 September 2016. The scene at Bratislava Castle last week was a familiar … Continue reading Stratfor: European unification – they’ll live unhappily ever after