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On 27th February 1953 the allied powers cancelled part of Germany’s debt. What about Greece?

by Eric Toussaint CADTM

4 March 2015

Greece was one of the countries that suffered the most, much more than France, Belgium or the Netherlands. If we add up the 1941 war loan and war damages Germany owes between €100 and €200 billion to Greece, between one or two thirds of Greece’s current public debt. Greece never formally relinquished its right on this debt.


Greece: Syriza’s Win is the Beginning of the End for the Eurozone’s Long Nightmare

by Mark Weisbrot

31 January 2015

what kind of a milestone will it be? We can get some ideas from focusing on a few key issues, especially economic policy, which remain surrounded by much confusion in the public debate.


Whither the BRICS’ bank.

by Victor Manuel Isidro Luna

24 October 2014

The world economy has changed after the end of WWII. Keynes’ statement that underdeveloped countries “clearly have nothing to contribute and will merely encumber the ground” (quoted in Camara-Neto and Vernengo 20009, 200) at Bretton Wood was true at that time but perhaps it does not hold any more nowadays. Economically and politically several underdeveloped countries seems to be very important today (Glosny 2010). However, does it mean that these underdeveloped countries grouped in BRICS (...)


Why Is The 2008 Crisis Taking So Long To Resolve?

by Yilmaz Akyuz

15 July 2014

The following is Part 2 of the transcript of the interview of Dr Yılmaz Akyüz, Chief Economist of the South Centre, with The Real News Network (a daily internet-based video news service) on US & European crisis mismanagement and global imbalances.


Argentina’s vulture fund crisis - global implications


4 July 2014

Argentina’s ’vulture fund’ crisis threatens profound consequences for international financial system: UNCTAD
In a special essay analyses the Argentinian debt-restructuring crisis and reiterates its long-standing call for a sovereign debt workout mechanism. UNCTAD is the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development based in Geneva.


US Supreme Court Declines to Review Widely Opposed Ruling on Argentine Debt: Why?

by Mark Weisbrot

23 June 2014

Last week, the United States Supreme Court decided not to review a ruling in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals whose effect is that Argentina must pay “holdout” creditors who refused to participate in debt restructuring agreements that Argentina reached with the majority of bondholders following the 2001 default on its sovereign debt.


G77 Summit Declaration addresses “global challenges”

by Martin Khor

22 June 2014

The G77 Summit Declaration, adopted by the Extraordinary Summit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Group of 77, in Santa Cruz on 15 June, has a major Part IV on “Global Challenges” which deals with the main issues are the subject of international discussion.


Tribute to the combat of Cephas Lumina, independent UN expert against odious and illegitimate national debt


11 June 2014

For many years, the UN Human Rights Council has been preoccupied by the question of public debt. Within this organ of the United Nations, an independent expert is charged with examining the effects of external debt on human rights. Cephas Lumina, who has occupied the post since 2008, has just completed his mandate.


The Swiss Connection: The Role of Switzerland in Shell’s Corporate Structure and Tax Planning

by Eurodad

1 June 2014

A new report by Eurodad member SOMO ( and Friends of the Earth Europe, entitled “The Swiss Connection”, sheds light on the role of Switzerland in Shell’s tax planning. The report concludes that Shell uses Switzerland mainly for ‘tax planning purposes’. Shell’s presence in Switzerland potentially allows the company to avoid paying a significant amount of taxes where its actual economic activities take place, including in developing countries


Solidarity with the people of Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia:

by Eric Toussaint- CADTM

1 June 2014

Since May 17, floods in the Balkans have taken a heavy toll with 17 deaths in Serbia, 27 in Bosnia and 2 in Croatia. The IMF has taken advantage of the situation to offer Bosnia an “aid package” on condition that the Bosnian government agrees to carry out certain economic reforms. Exactly what form these will take has not yet been made public.


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