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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...

Urban solutions for European challenges

Urban solutions for European challenges

By Anna Lisa Boni / 10 August, 2018

The EU has been rocked in recent years by a state of confusion generated by populism and Euroscepticism, and, more visibly, the influx of thousands of new arrivals. These are challenges that have come together in our cities. Getting it right at the local level is now more important than...

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...

Eurozone reforms must focus on institutions and their democratic legitimacy

By Leo Hoffmann-Axthelm / 14 February, 2018

The Commission’s proposals to deepen Economic and Monetary Union have been described as a “power-grab”, but may restore balance to a field so far dominated by the largest EU countries.   The one thing that everyone can agree on is that the eurozone needs reform. The 2010-2012 crisis response had...

The need for an ambitious roadmap for 2019

By Pierre Moscovici / 14 February, 2018

At the December 2017 Eurozone Congress, several proposals were made. Pierre Moscovici, a former French Minister of the Economy and Finance, talks about his wish for an ambitious European roadmap for the 2019 European elections.   The road map for progressives in the 2019 European elections must be ambitious on...

A new approach to EU convergence

By Heikki Patomäki / 13 February, 2018

The trend for economic and social convergence between EU countries in the early years of the euro turned out to be short lived. The absence of euro area growth from 2010 to 2017 resulted in greater rather than smaller divergences in economic and social outcomes. The euro crisis followed by...