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Increase quality to boost competitiveness – don’t cut wages

By Marta Pilati / 19 March, 2019

Regaining export competitiveness through reduction of production costs, – that is mainly by cutting wages – is socially painful and potentially ineffective. Focussing on higher added-value products and better quality is the way to a sustainable long-term strategy to become more competitive on the global market.   In some cases,...

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Wages in Europe – an overview

By FEPS / 19 March, 2019
END AUSTERITY - INCREASE WAGES TO SAVE THE EUROZONE!

Eurozone: end austerity, increase wages and promote jobs!

By Jayati Ghosh / 18 March, 2019

The Eurozone’s problems seem almost impossible to solve within the existing legal arrangements. And increasingly less so, given the growing angry and nationalistic forces. Is there any way out of the mess without a disorderly exit of one or more of its members and even a possible collapse of the...

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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...

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...

‘Dynamic Resilience’ needed in euro-area governance redesign

By Paolo Guerrieri / 13 February, 2018

The euro area has spent the best part of a decade fighting for survival. Significant institutional reforms have been introduced. More recently, the eurozone has been enjoying its strongest recovery since the financial crisis but complacency would be misplaced and the favourable economic expansion should be used as a unique...

Germany and the euro – what’s next?

By Gustav Horn / 12 February, 2018

At first glance, the German economy appears to be in excellent condition. But a second look reveals hairline cracks in the economic structure, the economic and political consequences of which are as yet hard to predict. This is apparent not least from the emergence of nationalist-populist political ideas whose economic...

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