Michael Ivanovitch is president of MSI Global, a New York-based economic research company. He also served as a senior economist at the OECD in Paris, international economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and taught economics at Columbia Business School.
The reopening of the U.S. government is just an emergency measure and people should realize that this is not the usual Washington skirmish.
The cancellation of President Obama's trip to East Asia was entirely appropriate.
What looks like a difficult search for a governing coalition in Germany, and, possibly, another round of parliamentary elections, could soon be a sight to behold.