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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...
Diego Zuluaga
26 November 2014
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As negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and the European Union progress, UK critics of this landmark trade deal have made a number of...
Ryan Bourne
14 October 2014
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‘Race relations/immigration’ is now ranked by voters as the most important issue facing Britain, according to Ipsos MORI. On 39 per cent, it’s above the economy and the NHS –...
Philip Booth
19 August 2014
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For the last five years, politicians of all shades have been banging on about how we should adopt this or that aspect of German economic policy. George Osborne argued in 2011: "We want to learn...
Massimiliano Trovato and Diego Zuluaga
5 June 2014
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How do you foster the emergence of a vibrant digital sector in Europe? This question has preoccupied policy-makers in Brussels for some time, so much so that in 2010 the European Commission created...
Philip Booth
1 May 2014
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Two fallacies are common in the EU debate. One is the ‘nirvana fallacy’, the idea that, if we leave the EU, we will have optimal policy at home. In financial services, for instance, while...
Mark Littlewood
10 April 2014
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Though you wouldn’t know it if from watching the BBC, opinion polls suggest that about half of British people want to leave the EU. But, what would we do if we left? If there is a referendum on...
Steve Davies
9 April 2014
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It would be easy to think that the debate about Britain’s membership of the EU has been done to death. Yet there has been relatively little serious discussion about the alternatives to EU...
Tom Miers
27 September 2013
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  The IEA has often pointed to the unhealthy symbiosis that has grown up in recent years between government and NGOs. These ‘non-governmental organisations’ – usually called...