Caveat emptor, Spanish based blogger Mathew Bennett and I have started doing podcasts, and you can find the first one here. At this point in time we are concentrating on Spain. Among the points we cover are:
– How does whatâ€™s happened in Dubai affect the economic situation in Greece, Spain and the EU?
– Are left- or right-wing political parties causing or solving more problems during the recess…ion?
– Will the Germans, the French or the EU be able to bailout several European countries at the same time if there are several sovereign defaults?
– Are the ECB and the EU trying to pre-empt the IMF in Greece and Spain?
– What are the underlying structural problems with the eurozone funding plan?
– Why is the ECB channelling funds through monetary and financial institutions to buy up government debt in the eurozone?
– How the ECB is trying to use a carrot and stick approach with eurozone governments to control national government deficits and public policy?
– Is IMF intervention now inevitable in Greece?
– Will the ECB will try to play politics and pressure Zapatero in the run up to the 2012 general elections in Spain?
– Is the situation in Spain similar to the situation in Greece?
– Why donâ€™t Zapatero and the Spanish government seem to be reacting?
– Why is there no coherent plan to get Spain back on its feet?
– What is going on with Spanish banks?
– Will unemployment in Spain reach 25% by the end of 2010?
– Which is more important in Spanish economics: image or hard data?
– Will it be possible for the Spanish government to reduce the deficit from over 10% of GDP to less than 3% by 2012 or 2013?
– What state will the Spanish economy be in by the end of 2010?
– What will happen to Spain when the ECB raises eurozone interest rates?
– Might Spain soon be in a worse economic position than Greece?
– What are the ratings agencies trying to achieve with their warnings on Spain?
– Why wonâ€™t the Spanish government tell the Spanish people the truth about whatâ€™s going on with the Spanish economy?
– Is JosÃ© Luis Zapatero really the biggest problem for the Spanish economy right now?
Obviously many of these points run parallel to those raised in my recent post “Why Standard and Poorâ€™s Are Right To Worry About Spanish Finances“, but maybe, if you have 40 minutes or so to spare, you might enjoy listening to them being made in Podcast format.