This week we return to Europe, as what is happening there is one of the most important questions of the day. It is every bit as critical to our long-term world economic future as the valuation of the Chinese currency or US trade deficits or Fed policy.
Let me set the stage with this note. I am not happy about and take no pleasure in what is happening in Europe. For a variety of reasons, I view it with some concern. A united Europe is simply better for the world at large, even recognizing the problems associated with unity. I recognize the polarities and difficulties. But I had always hoped (and still do), that somewhat like Massachusetts and Texas, or California and Alabama, a political union could emerge.