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Philip Booth
12 April 2013
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Today the IEA published a monograph, The Euro: the Beginning, the Middle and…the End? Given the meeting of EU finance ministers today, there is certainly some food for thought in the...
G. R. Steele
25 March 2013
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In March 2009 an EU directive increased the value of the protection afforded by a deposit guarantee scheme (DGS) to a uniform ceiling of €100,000. Events involving Cyprus have undermined the...
Carlo Stagnaro
10 March 2013
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  Italy had its general election on February 25-26. The centre-left coalition led by the Democratic Party’s Pier Luigi Bersani obtained a large majority in the Chamber - where the...
Christopher Snowdon
8 March 2013
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  Last year, the IEA published Sock Puppets, a report that examined the British government’s extensive funding of charities and pressure groups. This week sees the publication of Euro...
G. R. Steele
13 February 2013
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  Little more than three years ago, Ireland’s taxpayers were saddled with around 40 billion euros of debt, after their government had been pushed by the European Central Bank into...
Roland Vaubel
13 December 2012
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Wolfgang Schäuble, the German finance minister, recently said that “we can only achieve political union if we have a crisis”. His idea is to exploit the Eurozone’s sovereign...
Philip Booth
28 November 2012
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Another bailout deal has been secured for Greece. Some of the country’s borrowing will be written off – it will be left with a debt to GDP ratio of 'only' 125 per cent. But is...
Kristian Niemietz
26 November 2012
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I suspect this hypothetical dialogue will look vaguely familiar to many readers: Europhile:        ‘The global economy of the future will be dominated by...
Philip Booth
16 November 2012
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The eurozone is in recession. This is no surprise. Neither is it surprising that the south is struggling much more than the north. Keynesians are responding with a chorus of voices arguing that...
Philip Booth
26 October 2012
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  When the euro was formed, the economic debate was marked by a paradox. Liberal economists on the continent were enthusiastic – they believed the euro’s adoption would force...
Kristian Niemietz
8 October 2012
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  It was utterly predictable that Germany’s political class would (ab)use the festivities of Unification Day to construct some bizarre justification for more Eurozone bailouts, and a...
Juan Ramón Rallo
4 October 2012
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  It has been a huge surprise that, according to a recent analysis (pdf) conducted by consulting firm Oliver Wyman, Spanish banks only need a relatively small public capital injection...
Eduardo Belgrano
17 September 2012
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  We are so accustomed to our present currency system that it is difficult to imagine a system of more than one currency circulating side by side. However such a monetary system has existed...
Juan Ramón Rallo
14 September 2012
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  Living on debt is a Western disease which has been fuelled by the universalisation of inconvertible paper money. Obviously, Spain has not been immune, as anyone can clearly check by...
Michael Klein
17 August 2012
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Although once intended to improve market efficiency and the free flow of goods within the Single European Market, harmonisation has become not only the European Commission’s prime weapon for...
André Azevedo Alves
15 August 2012
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About a year ago, I wrote that although the focus (at the time) was on Portugal, the viability of the euro would largely depend on what happened with Spain. At the time, the warning signals...
Juan Ramón Rallo
13 August 2012
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Madrid's persistent pressure for the European Central Bank (ECB) to monetise part of its debt is necessarily a self-defeating strategy. Once the Spanish government recognises that it is unable...
G. R. Steele
10 August 2012
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If ever you see a €100 banknote in the gutter, don’t bother to stop. If it were real, someone would already have picked it up. The same is true of a ruse to save the euro. Writing in the...
Michael Jeffers
6 August 2012
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In the United Kingdom, we are in a unique position to watch the chaos of the crumbling eurozone.  Media outlets are filled with daily stories of credit downgrades, hundred billion euro...
Holger Zemanek
26 June 2012
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Political instability in Greece and a further worsening of the banking crisis in Spain recently sparked a new wave of the European debt crisis. The possibility of Greece leaving the eurozone...