Edward Hadas is a former economics editor at Reuters Breakingviews and also worked at the Financial Times as assistant editor of the Lex column. Before becoming a journalist, he worked for 23 years as an equity analyst in Europe and the United States. He has written a book, "Human Good, Economic Evils: A Moral Approach to the Dismal Science" (ISI Books, 2007), and is a visiting senior fellow in the School of Management and Social Sciences at St. Mary's University, London. Edward has degrees from Columbia University, Wadham College, Oxford and the State University of New York at Binghamton.
The self-liberated former Nissan boss dodged Japanese justice, but took his conscience with him to Lebanon. His decision to flee would be hard to justify without insistent claims of total innocence. Still, the moral and practical case for showing some contrition is strong.
“The Last Bluff” tells how politicians and bureaucrats negotiated and bullied Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister, into submission in 2015. The book captures the strange excitement of complex negotiations, and the enduring appeal of the powerful but flawed European vision.
It turns out economists can learn from experience. Decades of disinflation and years of extreme monetary policy have reversed the conventional wariness of government borrowing. The new pro-deficit thinking could moderate the next recession, but then rekindle unwanted inflation.