Los problemas viejos de la nueva Europa

Los disturbios en Budapest, provocados por la filtración de videos en los que se ve al Primer Ministro Ferenc Gyurcsany admitir abiertamente que su gobierno había mentido por más de un año sobre lo mal que están las finanzas del país, no son sino la última prueba de que las cosas están muy mal en Europa oriental.

En junio pasado, los eslovacos expulsaron al gobierno que saco al país de su aislamiento internacional y del malestar económico que padeció bajo el régimen autocrático de Vladimir Meciar. Mikulas Dzurinda, cuyas reformas generaron crecimiento y estabilidad económica para el país, fue remplazado por Robert Fico, un izquierdista que, después de aliarse con Meciar y un partido neofascista, también ha adoptado un tono preocupantemente populista.

Ese mismo mes, Hungría reeligió a Gyurcsany quien había llevado a cabo un programa supuestamente reformista pero también acumuló una enorme deuda pública. Los planes previos para adoptar rápidamente el euro ahora se han archivado y la fecha de adopción se ha aplazado hasta 2011 o 2012. Pero incluso eso puede ser un deseo ilusorio. Mientras tanto, los mercados financieros están inquietos por el déficit presupuestal del país y los rumores de una crisis seria.

To continue reading, please log in or enter your email address.

Registration is quick and easy and requires only your email address. If you already have an account with us, please log in. Or subscribe now for unlimited access.

required

Log in

http://prosyn.org/W7ZBjdW/es;
  1. China corruption Isaac Lawrence/Getty Images

    The Next Battle in China’s War on Corruption

    • Chinese President Xi Jinping knows well the threat that corruption poses to the authority of the Communist Party of China and the state it controls. 
    • But moving beyond Xi's anti-corruption purge to build robust and lasting anti-graft institutions will not be easy, owing to enduring opportunities for bureaucratic capture.
  2. Italy unemployed demonstration SalvatoreEsposito/Barcroftimages / Barcroft Media via Getty Images

    Putting Europe’s Long-Term Unemployed Back to Work

    Across the European Union, millions of people who are willing and able to work have been unemployed for a year or longer, at great cost to social cohesion and political stability. If the EU is serious about stopping the rise of populism, it will need to do more to ensure that labor markets are working for everyone.

  3. Latin America market Federico Parra/Getty Images

    A Belt and Road for the Americas?

    In a time of global uncertainty, a vision of “made in the Americas” prosperity provides a unifying agenda for the continent. If implemented, the US could reassert its historical leadership among a group of countries that share its fundamental values, as well as an interest in inclusive economic growth and rising living standards.

  4. Startup office Mladlen Antonov/Getty Images

    How Best to Promote Research and Development

    Clearly, there is something appealing about a start-up-based innovation strategy: it feels democratic, accessible, and so California. But it is definitely not the only way to boost research and development, or even the main way, and it is certainly not the way most major innovations in the US came about during the twentieth century.

  5. Trump Trade speech Bill Pugliano/Getty Images .

    Preparing for the Trump Trade Wars

    In the first 11 months of his presidency, Donald Trump has failed to back up his words – or tweets – with action on a variety of fronts. But the rest of the world's governments, and particularly those in Asia and Europe, would be mistaken to assume that he won't follow through on his promised "America First" trade agenda.