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The End of ECB’s Quantitative Easing – what next?

By Alberto Botta / 11 January, 2019

Since 2015, the macroeconomy of the eurozone has been influenced by the implementation of Quantitative Easing by the European Central Bank. In December 2018, the ECB’s QE is coming to an end, but concerns remain about eurozone recovery from the crisis and the increasing divergence among eurozone countries. Who is...

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Normalisation of the ECB’s monetary policy is timely

By Peter Bofinger / 11 January, 2019

The European Central Bank (ECB) is due to end its Quantitative Easing (QE) programme at the end of the year. The step has been announced for a long time; it should not lead to instability. If major problems emerge, however, the ECB could follow the Bank of Japan’s yield curve...

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Ecological transition: the ECB and budgetary authorities referred to their responsibilities

By Michael Vincent / 4 December, 2018

The 2018/19 European Semester, which coordinates the member states’ economic policies every year, has just been launched. This provides an opportunity to question the contribution of the mix of monetary and budgetary policies to the ecological transition. Paradoxically, it appears it is the ECB that is most advanced in this...

More transparency rules, less tax avoidance

By Leyla Ates / 12 November, 2018

The European Council has taken important steps to enhance the exchange of information between tax administrations in order to promote tax transparency and fair tax systems in EU countries. This in turn creates a deeper and fairer single market. However, ambiguity in disclosure obligations and a high threshold requirement risks...

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The benefits of having a statutory minimum wage

By Remi Bazillier / 9 July, 2018

In an interview with the Progressive Post, economist Rémi Bazillier explains what he sees as the advantages of having a statutory minimum wage as well as the arguments against the minimum wage and argues that every EU country should have a minimum wage.   Progressive Post: Why is it a...

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A way forward for minimum wages in the EU

By Guillaume Balas / 9 July, 2018

Setting minimum wages is a way to head off the ongoing threat of economic, tax and social dumping within the European Union. Guillaume Balas sets out some of the options that policymakers should take on board.   The European Union continues to face major economic and social challenges which have...

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A European system of minimum wages for equality-led development

By Ozlem Onaran / 9 July, 2018

A European system of minimum wages can help bring people out of poverty as well as contribute to equality, higher productivity and healthier public sector budgets.   Establishing a sufficiently high statutory minimum wage is one of the most effective policy tools to tackle the worrisome growth of in-work poverty....

A budget to bring added value to Europe

By Michel Aglietta / 14 February, 2018

To revive democracy in Europe we must produce a European budget that provides added value to all citizens. An EU budget under the control of the European Parliament will result in long-term investments backed up by a revised budget.   A long-term vision is crucial if we are to take...

A reform of the EU budget is the best tool to secure a strong cohesion policy

By Catiuscia Marini / 14 February, 2018

The EU budget is too often seen as a cumbersome obligation which has to be satisfied with money instead of a possible tool to increase investment in the European Union. And yet, for half a century, EU cohesion policy has been helping to reduce disparities in economic development and social...

The elephant in the European room: the budget

By Nicolas Leron / 14 February, 2018

Much more than a question of the macroeconomic stabilisation of a sub-optimal monetary zone, the question of the European budget remains a constitutive element of the political community. The EU is suffering from a crisis in public power which requires a budgetary leap of faith: a budget that is able...