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  • 20-Dec-2014 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Mahabharat takes Indonesia by storm

    Indonesia is mesmerised by the dubbed version of Mahabharat, the Indian television series, which has even spawned a spinoff reality show where Arjuna selects the winner from14 beautiful women

  • 12-Apr-2014 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Indonesia: A nation atwitter

    The defining feature of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, is indisputably the traffic jam. For much of the day the creaking infrastructure of this city of 10 million people faces almost total gridlock. But there is one unlikely beneficiary of this ...

  • 20-Dec-2013 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Europe on vacation

    Making money - and work in itself - isn't a priority in Europe, or so it seems to author who recalls an annual ritual when everyone from civil servants to gardeners embark on months-long holiday

  • 14-Jan-2012 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Pallavi Aiyar: In EU, farm subsidies remain crisis-proof

    Europe is beset. Banks are sinking, governments are falling and people are taking to the streets in anger as high unemployment, stagnant growth and ballooning deficits make for a gloomy start to 2012. The region needs cash and is devising ever more ...

  • 28-Dec-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Euro trajectory may make or break Merkel

    Analysts say German Chancellor’s prescriptions for growth will not create a fiscal union.

  • 29-Nov-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Warnings on euro zone get more serious

    Probability of multiple countries in the euro area defaulting is no longer negligible, says Moody’s.

  • 24-Nov-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    EU's executive for stronger fiscal integration

    European Commission proposes euro bonds and more control on national policies, but Germany swiftly vetoes any debt pooling.

  • 23-Nov-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Merkozy and the art of euro zone maintenance

    Why Berlin and Paris won’t — and shouldn’t — let go of their fractious embrace on a smouldering stage.

  • 19-Nov-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Pallavi Aiyar: Twist in the Euro tale

    By openly turning to China for salvation, Europe has accelerated the process by which its own clout is declining relative to Beijing¿s

  • 17-Nov-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Europe turns to technocrats

    As fiscal contagion blazes across Europe, democracy has been put on hold in the very places where it was born, Athens and Rome. Replacing Italy’s playboy billionaire prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, and the scion of Greece’s leading ...

  • 16-Nov-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Credit ratings agencies under EU scanner

    Responding to what is widely felt by the political establishment in Europe to be the “destabilising” role played by credit ratings agencies in the ongoing euro zone crisis, the European Commission unveiled measures to curb their power ...

  • 15-Nov-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Adjudged as failing to lead

    The two govt heads scalped last week by the euro crisis could not be more different from each other.

  • 11-Nov-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    EC lowers euro zone growth forecast

    There was no let-up from gloomy news in Europe, as the European Commission has slashed already tepid growth forecasts for the euro zone and warned of recession in several countries. For the next year, the EC growth forecast for the 17-country bloc ...

  • 09-Nov-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Brussels meet struggles to keep pace with events

    Meeting in Brussels on Tuesday to work out a way to keep the euro from collapse, finance ministers from across the European Union struggled to keep ahead of the curve, with events in Rome and Athens unfolding at a giddy pace.

  • 08-Nov-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Brussels begins daunting task

    Following 10 days of political drama, the spotlight in Europe shifted to more technical matters on Monday, with finance ministers of the 17-member euro zone gathering this evening at Brussels, the headquarters of the European Union.

  • 04-Nov-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    China gets cautious on bailing out Europe

    Beijing aware of unpopularity the move can fetch it amid inflation, poverty.

  • 28-Oct-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Greek debt deal ignites global market rally

    Following marathon talks that stretched into early this morning, Eurpean Union leaders were able to extract a haircut from their bankers.

  • 27-Oct-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    EU leaders brace up to chart 'final' package

    As European Union leaders gathered in the Belgian capital once again this evening, the focus of their negotiations would be on what has widely been billed as the “final package” of policy measures needed to put out the region’s ...

  • 27-Oct-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Europe puts up assets on the block to repay debt

    It’s time to take out the family silver for many of Europe’s indebted sovereigns, as they struggle to make ends meet. From the floundering PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain) to non-euro zone countries like the UK and ...

  • 23-Oct-2011 | Pallavi Aiyar

    Q&A: Gilles de Kerchove, EU's anti-terrorism coordinator

    'Why don't India, EU go for a mutual extradition pact?'