Michael Burda

Humboldt University of Berlin

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Professor of Economics at Humboldt University of Berlin

Michael Burda on KCRW

Europe's debt crisis is causing financial ripples all over the world, and elected leaders are trying to prevent a tidal wave.

European and US Economies at the Tipping Point?

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It's not just Greece any more but larger countries facing an economic crisis. If they can't pay their debts, the big fear is collapse of a major financial institution.

Economics and Politics in the Euro Zone

It's not just Greece any more but larger countries facing an economic crisis. If they can't pay their debts, the big fear is collapse of a major financial institution.

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In America's "jobless" economic recovery, unemployment is setting records. The Obama Administration has adopted a long-term approach to  creating new jobs .

'Job One' for the President: Creating Jobs

In America's "jobless" economic recovery, unemployment is setting records. The Obama Administration has adopted a long-term approach to creating new jobs .

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