Greece adopts IPSAS!

Greece’s decision to adopt International Public Sector Accounting Standards is significant and very welcome. The next challenge is one of implementation – the task requires excellent planning and execution Read more

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EPSAS: a standards odyssey

The journey to improved government financial reporting across Europe is slow, but progress is being made in the corridors of power in Brussels Read more

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Is the two-party system in Spain coming to an end?

Two parties have dominated Spain’s political arena for more than 30 years, but the advent of new players, such as Podemos and Citizens, looks likely to change that. Read more

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There can be no democracy in the EU without transparency

The European Union needs to enhance the transparency offered by its institutions and Member States. Being an active participant in a democracy means being an active participant in the management of public money. Read more

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Parking charges could boost Nigeria’s coffers by $10bn

The IMF has said that Nigeria needs to broaden its revenue base. Introducing parking charges would be a good first step. Read more

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For global compliance EU sanctions on Russia take us into uncharted territory

The crisis in Ukraine has caused the European Union to bare its teeth and extend the reach of its sanctions policies on Russia. The effect on the EU market has been unprecedented and unpredictable. Read more

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EU: one-size fiscal policy doesn’t fit all

In an uncertain world, we need an approach to responsible fiscal policy that is tailored to individual countries, and groups of countries. In the EU this means very different policies according to member states’ needs Read more

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The Greek election: a travesty based on a lie

Syriza’s win in the Greek elections has focused global attention on the country’s problematic public finances. But one of the myths about Greece is that is has a debt problem at all Read more

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New Year’s resolutions from IPSASB

The publication of a Conceptual Framework from the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board marks the start of a new year. Like the best resolutions, it’s all about self-improvement. Read more

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Rethinking development in an age of uncertainty

Both the World Bank and the OECD have begun to question the central tenets on which their thinking and advocacy is based. This is a welcome step and will hopefully lead to more nuanced and collaborative development policy Read more

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