Category Archives: Europe

Helmut Schmidt – German Chancellor

Unpublished and written sometime ago… German Chancellor Helmut Schmitt died a few weeks ago at 96. I had not read much about Helmut Schmitt before his death but after reading a bit about the man I found him be an … Continue reading

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Cologne, Germany 2013

Picking up from where I left off from Blogging on a Summer Trip to Euro 2013.  I had left Amsterdam and headed to Cologne, Germany. I was still Jet lagged and remember waking up at 5 am in the Amsterdam … Continue reading

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Swiss Tunnels and Infrastructure Spending

I have become more and more skeptical about how strong the links are between infrastructure spending and economic growth/strength.  What got me thinking about this recently was the opening last June of longest and deepest tunnel in the world, the … Continue reading

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Some more Refugee thoughts with video

I have been thinking again about the controversy in the United States around the issue of Refugees.  The United States recently hit Obama’s goal of bringing in Syrian Refugees. I wrote some thoughts on this in November last year in the … Continue reading

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Postwar: Retribution

Post War 2. Retribution In Western Europe where real resistance had actually been some of the least in WWII the myth of resistance mattered most. Milices Patriotiques “Collaboration Horizontale” Hiroshima mon amour By April 1946 (Post WWII) 1,200 Jews were … Continue reading

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Postwar: The Legacy of War

Post War The Legacy of War “Everywhere there is a craving for miracles and cures.  The war has pushed the Neapolitans back to the middle ages”. – Norman Lewis,  Naples ’44 In September 1944 there were 7,487,000 foreigners working in … Continue reading

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Some EU Brexit Thoughts

Well the Brits now seem to be on their way out of the European Union.  A lot of things still need be worked out and its probably going to be a confusing mess for those involved in the logistics of … Continue reading

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Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

I am admittedly am an extremely slow reader.  I started Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tony Judt in April 2014 and I am only now finishing it up.  I highly recommend the book.  The book is around … Continue reading

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About Those Syrian Refugees…

The World is a Mess. It does not seem like a crazy idea to me that a group like ISIS who have expressed a strong interest in carrying out attacks in the west could blend into refugees fleeing the war … Continue reading

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Greek Thoughts from NOV 2013

I sent this in an email on November of 2013 to another person that attended a conference on the Euro Zone.  It was also attended by Yanis Varoufakis ( before famous leather jacket and motorcycle ) and Alexi Tsipras.  I … Continue reading

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Hostel in Amsterdam

I had stayed in this hostel before in Amsterdam. Its not the best hostel in Amsterdam but its in a central location and not too bad price wise. I decided to pay more and book a smaller room because I … Continue reading

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Cloudy Amsterdam

I was surprised how cold it was being that it was almost July.

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Euro Prices

Close to $5 for a small Diet Coke with no refills…. and no lemon in Brussels

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Back in Brussels

I am back in Europe and back in the so called capital of Europe: Brussels, Belgium.  The reason I flew into Brussels was because it was the cheapest place to fly into Europe… any idea why that would be?  I … Continue reading

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Photos from a short trip to Brussels

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