Eurozone http://kgou.org en World Views: May 17, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-may-17-2013 <p></p><p>University of Oklahoma political economist and European Union expert <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/eu_center/people.html">Mitchell Smith</a> joins the program for a conversation about the eurozone's economy slipping further into recession, and the American kicked out of Russia over accusations of spying for the CIA.</p><p>Veteran diplomat Richard Arndt speaks with Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis about how the national security state changed U.S. diplomatic relations. He's the author of&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.potomacbooksinc.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=133077">The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century</a>.</em></p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 6141 at http://kgou.org World Views: May 17, 2013 Why Debt-Weary Europe Should Watch Out For A Political Crisis http://kgou.org/post/why-debt-weary-europe-should-watch-out-political-crisis <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Slow growth is plaguing many European countries as they struggle to cut their spending and debts. France's GDP has fallen for two consecutive quarters, and Greece's international lenders say unemployment will remain above 20 percent for another three years.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/eu_center/people.html">Mitchell Smith</a>, the Chair of OU's Department of International and Area Studies and the Director of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/eu_center.html">European Union Center</a>, says austerity has generated more than just economic tensions.</p><p>"I actually think the political problems a number of European countries are experiencing are even more worrisome than the economic problems," Smith says.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"The eurozone countries have, at least for the time being, allayed some of the concerns of financial markets and they don't want to stir things up and start another run-up of a financial crisis."</span></p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 17:44:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot 6123 at http://kgou.org Why Debt-Weary Europe Should Watch Out For A Political Crisis Winners and Losers in the Cyprus Financial Crisis http://kgou.org/post/winners-and-losers-cyprus-financial-crisis <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Banks in Cyprus are open for normal business for the second day, but with strict restrictions on how much money their clients can access, after being shut down for nearly two weeks to prevent people from draining their accounts as the country's politicians sought a way out of an acute financial crisis.</span></p><div>"They were weakened by the fact that they had too many investments in Greek companies," said Suzette Grillot. "So they've become another victim of the Greek financial crisis."</div><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:07:36 +0000 Suzette Grillot & Rebecca Cruise 2865 at http://kgou.org Winners and Losers in the Cyprus Financial Crisis