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Hans-Werner Sinn
For Hans-Werner Sinn's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 19, 2023
COVID-19 was a natural experiment for climate policy
When fossil-fuel demand declines only in some countries, supply does not fall because other parts of the world will absorb the unused fuel at lower prices.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 17, 2023
Accounting for casino capitalism
Mark-to-market accounting standards turned the banking system into a playground for gamblers, fueling instability while adding little economic value.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 13, 2023
Europe is knocking on debt’s door
By continuing to issue common bonds to finance its expenditures, the European Commission is harming savers and undermining the creditworthiness of national governments.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 15, 2022
The end of the EU’s free lunch
The Keynesian demand policy to stimulate economic activity will merely fuel inflation, for which the ECB will rightly be blamed if it keeps buying government bonds.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 8, 2022
How a global food crises will unfold
The disruption to this yearu2019s harvest because of the Ukraine conflict means that the global food crisis will become even more acute in the fall and winter.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 15, 2022
Germany’s energy woes are a fiasco of its own making
In both the short and the long term, Germany will be unable to end Russian gas imports without triggering economic chaos and public outrage.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 28, 2022
Debating whether nuclear power is green energy or not
Having emerged from the anti-nuclear movement, todayu2019s European Greens never dreamed that once-ostracized nuclear power would regain respectability as a clean alternative.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 9, 2021
The end of free money
Rising inflation does not look to be a just a temporary problem, and supply bottlenecks are not the only cause.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 29, 2021
A post-Merkel postmortem
While Angela Merkel pushed the SPD to the left, she vacated so much space on the right that the far-right AfD emerged to take important votes away from the CDU.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 25, 2021
The problem with Europe’s green unilateralism
Rarely, except in wartime, have market economies been subjected to the sort of rigid central planning that the European Commission now proposes in order to curb carbon dioxide emissions.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 20, 2021
Europe’s vaccination debacle
The slow vaccine rollout in many European countries is the result of the EUu2019s failure to coordinate the interests of the various member states.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 1, 2020
A triumph of German innovation and immigration
The great advantage of BioNTech's approach is that it allows for the production of more than one billion vaccine doses within the space of just a few months.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 27, 2020
Europe’s green state control
Apparently, the bureaucrats in Brussels think that they u2014 and only they u2014 know which technological pathways are best for building a sustainable future.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 17, 2020
The world is at war
All countries should be following China in confronting the coronavirus directly with all available resources, and they should take a lesson from Germany in managing the economic fallout.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 25, 2019
European Union's EV greenwash
Are EVs really as climate-friendly and effective as their promoters claim?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 5, 2019
From a no-deal Brexit to a no-Brexit deal
The defeat of British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal means that all options are the table.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 26, 2018
Europe finally pulls the trigger on a military force
After two years of US President Donald Trump treating European allies as if they were adversaries, France and Germany have finally committed to the creation of an EU-wide army under a central command.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 24, 2017
Juncker's road map for European disaster
Jean-Claude Juncker's plan to accelerate eurozone accession threatens to re-create in spades the chaos of the past decade.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 12, 2016
Secular stagnation or self-inflicted malaise?
The only way out of the malaise plaguing numerous economies is a hefty dose of creative destruction.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 2, 2016
Saving EU's freedom of movement
The EU will disintegrate if it doesn't change its migration rules that have made it a welfare magnet for economic migrants.

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