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Len Shackleton
28 January 2016
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Most of the discussion about the upcoming referendum concentrates on what the effects of Brexit would be on the UK. But what of its impact on the rest of the European Union? David Folkerts-Landau of...
Diego Zuluaga
8 January 2016
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In many ways, Spain is the EU’s poster child. The country’s determination to be part of the European project was a major driver of political consensus in its successful transition to...
Ryan Bourne
23 December 2015
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As the referendum gets closer, we will hear lots about whether Britain could flourish economically outside the EU. On the face of it, the answer is obviously yes. Countries inside and outside show...
Diego Zuluaga
25 November 2015
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The European Commission has released its plan for an EU-wide deposit insurance scheme that will, at first, back up and complement existing national deposit guarantee schemes (DGS), and, from 2024,...
Philip Booth
5 November 2015
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Supra-national authorities, such as the EU, should do two things. They should restrain governments from over-stepping their natural authority. Second, they should provide ‘public goods’...
Ryan Bourne
27 October 2015
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With the Prime Minister apparently arranging panicked meetings of special advisers to aid the floundering Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, the UK’s EU referendum debate is effectively...
Philip Booth
23 September 2015
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It is well-known that Churchill supported the concept of a union of nations on continental Europe. Less well-known is the fact that F. A. Hayek – the inspiration for many...
Felix Nozon
4 September 2015
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In June 2015, Greece became the first developed country to fail to make an IMF loan repayment. Starting in late 2009 the Greek government’s debt crisis has largely been attributed to structural...
Diego Zuluaga Laguna
31 July 2015
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The latest episode in the Greek debt drama, which ended with the Greek government’s agreement to undertake much-needed reforms in labour market regulation, tax and pensions in exchange for a...
Philip Booth
21 July 2015
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When the euro was adopted, British sceptics argued that it was impossible to have a single currency without a single country. They suggested that you need central control of fiscal policy to stop...
Kristian Niemietz
17 July 2015
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About eight years ago, I attended an economics conference in Berlin, where one of the speakers criticised the structure of Germany’s public finances as overcentralised, inconsistent and full of...
Kristian Niemietz
2 July 2015
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What I admire about the anti-capitalist left is their ability to present their ideas as somehow "unorthodox" and "anti-mainstream", when they are clearly nothing of the sort. Go...
Charles B. Blankart
22 May 2015
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The euro was a mistake, and Greece has been hit hardest. If European politicians could travel back in time to 1990, they would hardly decide to introduce the euro again. Before the euro, there were...
Charles B. Blankart
18 May 2015
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Tax competition among Swiss cantons and municipalities puts downward pressure on taxation, but it does not lead towards a policy of low taxes at any price. Cantons are usually not prepared to...
Markus C. Kerber
16 March 2015
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In recent years, euroscepticism has been growing in the UK and elsewhere. This is largely due to concerns about a perceived overreach of EU institutions, coupled with insufficient accountability to...
Diego Zuluaga
17 February 2015
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Tomorrow, Financial Markets Commissioner Lord Hill will be releasing his much-awaited Green Paper on creating a Capital Markets Union (CMU) in the EU. One of the landmark initiatives of the Juncker...
Ralph Buckle
16 February 2015
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In our chapter for the IEA‘s latest monograph Brexit: Directions for Britain Outside the EU, Tim Hewish and I argue that, if Britain were to leave the EU, its first port of call when seeking...
Diego Zuluaga
6 February 2015
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The sovereign debt crisis that gripped the euro zone in 2011-12 threw into the spotlight the problems with a currency union lacking fiscal transfers between members and the mutualisation of their...
Diego Zuluaga
2 February 2015
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Much has been made in EU circles of Jean-Claude Juncker’s €315 billion Investment Plan, which he announced in late November and has since been touted as his Commission’s key policy...
Len Shackleton
12 January 2015
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Despite all the furore about immigration, comparatively little is written about emigration. But what we know about emigrants from the UK can shed some useful light on the debate about Britain’s...