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The Real Social Challenge Is Kickstarting Growth – Social Europe 19/1/2015

Articles and Op-Eds January 19, 2015 0 Comments

It is impossible to meaningfully address Europe’s social challenges for the present, medium and longer term without addressing the central challenge of economic growth. We are now in a situation where adverse longer-term trends are nested in a highly unfavourable current and medium-term economic environment. What are the longer-term dynamics? Over the next few decades, economic growth will be slowing…

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SYRIZA’S economic agenda – 18/11/2014

Articles and Op-Eds November 18, 2014 0 Comments

What would the consequences of SYRIZA’s economic policy be if the leftist opposition party came to power? Given the often differing positions expressed by some of its leading MPs, we have focused on the speech of its president Alexis Tsipras at the Thessaloniki International Fair in September. There are two overarching propositions in SYRIZA’s economic agenda: (a) The Memorandum is…

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The growth challenge for Europe and the EMU – EPC, Challenges and new beginnings: Priorities for the EU’s new leadership – September 2014

Articles and Op-Eds October 10, 2014 0 Comments

  The European economy is slowly and painfully striving to reemerge from the last six years of crisis. It was a crisis of enormous intensity and contagiousness, given the unprecedented depth of global financial integration combined with the systemic flaws in the EMU architecture. And it is not over, as the high levels of unemployment and the growing divergence between…

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SYRIZA’s painful trilemma – 24/9/2014

Articles and Op-Eds Featured September 25, 2014 0 Comments

The world in which our desires materialize provided we strongly want it is a perfect world. It has only one weakness: it exists in our imagination – and in bad literature. Students of politics prefer to focus not on the power of will, but on the impact of external constraints. Practitioners of politics and policymakers naturally tend to blame outside…

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The Euroskeptics’ delusions – ekathimerini 4/6/2014

Articles and Op-Eds June 6, 2014 0 Comments

Brutal and diverse, coarse and noisy, the enemies of the European Union are inside the gates. Chauvinists and angry anti-capitalists, neo-Nazis and drunkards, charlatans and demagogues, they spit hatred, they flatter insecurities, they profit from indignation. They come with a simple solution for every complex problem: It is all the fault of the EU and the euro; their dissolution would…

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