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The Economy in Perspective

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My dinner with André … “Happy New Year, boychik!” André boomed out as he hurtled across the room; moments later, his hug almost knocked the wind out of me. My friend was flying high, and why not? His e-mailed dinner invitation had hinted at plans for some new venture that would transcend even his most recent, improbable success. As finance minister in the land of Nedlaw from 1996 through 1998, André had pulled off the decade’s most amazing economic miracle. Then, in 1999, his pike quenelles took Europe by storm, and he was named “Man of the Year” simultaneously by Foreign Affairs and Gourmet. And then he simply walked away, telling the prime minister that he was leaving public life. Within weeks, the Financial Times ran a front-page story reporting that André had become the chairman of a new investment-cumcoffee-house, Leverage@beverage.

Suggested citation: "The Economy in Perspective," Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Trends, no. 00-01, pp. 01, 01.01.2000.

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