Timothy Garton Ash, a British historian, author and commentator. He is currently serving as Professor of European Studies at Oxford University. Much of his work has been concerned with the late modern and contemporary history of Central and Eastern Europe

Monetary union, with an ailing south, may have been a bridge too far. But imagine the disintegrated Europe of sceptic dreams >>
Ha-Joon Chang, is one of the leading heterodox economists and institutional economists specialising in development economics. Currently a Reader in the Political Economy of Development at the University of Cambridge.

The emerging economies won't prevent worldwide stagnation. The rich world must abandon its 18th-century ideas >>
Ted Galen Carpenter, senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, is the author of eight books on international affairs, including Bad Neighbor Policy: Washington's Futile War on Drugs in Latin America. He is also a contribu

The EU is still the great brass ring of European politics, but it is now a tarnished brass ring. That development has strategic as well as economic implications. >>
Michael Gerson, columnist for The Washington Post, He served as President George W. Bush's chief speechwriter from 2001 until June 2006, as a senior policy advisor

An American economic recovery now faces only two obstacles. Unfortunately, they are considerable: the broken politics of the United States and the broken politics of Europe. >>
Martin Wolf, British journalist, widely considered to be one of the world's most influential writers on economics, He is associate editor and chief economics commentator at the Financial Times.

The eurozone has still to decide what it will be when it grows up. But first it needs to reach that stage. The costs of a meltdown would be too grave to contemplate. The members simply have to prevent that. They have no sane alternative. >>
Robert J. Shiller, Professor of Economics at Yale University, is co-author, with George Akerlof, of Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism.

Apparently, the specter of government deadlock causing a humiliating default suddenly made the US resemble the European countries that really are teetering on the brink. Europes story became Americas story. >>
Pepe Escobar, the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His new book, just out, is Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

This Thursday, in Washington, finance ministers and central bank governors of the BRICS group of emerging powers - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - will get together and, in the words of Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega, "Talk about what to do to help the European Union get out of this situation." >>
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