Author: Aldo Caruso

  • The European crisis explained in two graphs

    Guest contribution by Ricardo Paes Mamede (Assistant professor at the Department of Political Economy of ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon) A long book is probably too short to explain the European crisis in full length and depth. However, the essential causes of this crisis can be grasped with two simple ideas. 1) The sovereign […]

  • The Euro Crisis in 2012: Belief, Will it be Enough?

    by Ferdi De Ville This is my final entry in this blog on the euro crisis in 2012. Many things have happened and been decided and installed the past year, too many to recap them all here. There have been moments at which a collapse of the euro area as we know it, once unthinkable, […]

  • A Good Week for the Euro?

    by Ferdi De Ville Those that still doubted that the EU was a right choice for the Nobel Peace Prize have been rebuked by the Heads of State and Government of the euro area at last week’s summit (13-14/12). The leaders decided at this meeting, which for months was announced as the gathering that would […]

  • Crisis Management and Integration at Gun Point

    by Daniela Schwarzer The ways decision-making that has taken place both in crisis management and in governance reform has increased the perception of democratic deficits in the EU. At peaks of the crisis, key decisions were taken at emergency summits, discarding the European Parliament, providing a key role to Germany and France at the costs […]

  • Technocracy versus Democracy

    by Daniela Schwarzer The fact that the crises hit the euro area so hard revealed fundamental flaws in the architecture of the currency union. The absence of joint fiscal and economic policies or transnational budgetary stabilisation mechanisms are two of them. In response to the crisis, the EU decided to reinforce rule-based, technocratic coordination both […]

  • Economic Liberalism and Democracy

    by Daniela Schwarzer More and more, the debate in Europe is turning towards the question whether we are facing a crisis of legitimacy or even democracy in the EU – on top of the banking and sovereign debt crisis. In this and two following blog posts I am developing some thoughts on the challenges national […]

  • Launching a European debate?

    by Ferdi De Ville Thus is the subtitle of the Communication from the European Commission ‘A blueprint for a deep and genuine economic and monetary union’ presented by President Barroso on 28 November. Without the question mark, of course. But I put it there, because it remains to be seen if this long document full […]

  • Towards a Eurozone Budget

    by Daniela Schwarzer One of the important debates ahead of the EU summit in December is the one on a potential future eurozone budget. There are many competing ideas around what to do with a potential eurozone budget and how to shape it. There are as many good reasons to equip the European Monetary Union […]

  • How Euro Area Trade with the Rest of the World Contributed to the Euro Crisis

    by Ferdi De Ville Right at the time that the euro crisis had begun (to the relief of decision makers) to retreat from the front pages of newspapers, in Belgium the Ford Genk tragedy happened. The decision of the Ford Europe board to close the plant in the Flemish province of Limburg, making 10.000 workers […]

  • Greek Days Have Started

    by Carsten Brzeski With three meetings in less than two weeks, eurozone finance ministers hope to finally strike a deal on giving Greece more time for its adjustment. The decisive phase for Greece has started. Yesterday, Eurogroup president Juncker announced an unscheduled meeting of eurozone finance ministers on 8 November. With the scheduled conference call […]