Greinar september 2016
17.9.2016WHAT´S WRONG WITH EUROPE AND WHY DON´T YOU FIX IT?
Adendum on banking reform.
14.9.2016WHAT´S WRONG WITH EUROPE – AND WHY DON´T YOU FIX IT?
"What´s Wrong with Europe - and by the Way - Why don´t You Fix it?" er rćđa, sem var flutt 14. sept.á ráđstefnu í Vilníus um framtíđ Evrópu. Ráđstefnan var haldin í bođi utanríkisráđherra Litáens í tilefni af ţví, ađ aldarfjórđugur er liđinn frá ţví ađ alţjóđasamfélagiđ viđurkenndi endurreist sjálfstćđi Litáens.
Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson, ex Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iceland, gave this speech at a conference in Vilnius, September 14-15, 2016, sponsored by the Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Mr. Linas Linkevicius.
In 2012 – a few years after the American financial crisis had spread around the globe and morphed into the Euro-crisis – I was invited to give a keynote-speech at the Baltic Assembly here in Vilnius. On the future of Europe – what else! The title of my talk then was „What is wrong with Europe – and, by the way, why don´t you fix it?
“ At the beginning of my speech I followed the academic example by enumerating a few key-concepts, to start my audience thinking. Here they are again:Toxic loans. Insolvent banks. Unsustainable debt. Bailouts of banks. Junk ratings. Sovereign defaults. Recession. Tax havens. Market manipulation. Insider trading. Creative accounting. Moral hazard. Social contract. Inequality: 1% vs. 99%. Austerity. Plutocracy vs. democracy.
This should suffice to start you thinking. Each and every concept speaks volumes about what´s wrong with Europe. Has anything changed during the past four years? Or are we simply stuck in this mess, for which European leaders seem to have no effective solutions?
9.9.2016WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THE NORDIC MODEL?
"Hvađ getum viđ lćrt af norrćna módelinu?" er rćđa, sem var flutt á málţingi sósialdemókrataflokks Litáens í tilefni af 120 ára afmćlinu.
This speech was given at the celebratory „120 year Anniversary of the Lithuanian Social-Demcorati Party in Vilnius, Sept. 9th, 2016. Mr Hannibalsson is the ex-leader of Iceland´s SDP.