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Should China bail out Europe?

Miguel Otero-Iglesias |

Many economists, pundits and policymakers in Europe think that China is in an ideal position to rescue the Eurozone from its debt problems. The main argument goes more or less like this: China has $3.2 trillion foreign reserves, of which two thirds are in US dollars and only one quarter is in euros. It would […]

The Euro Marriage

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The creation of the euro is an epoch-making event. For the first time in history independent nation-states have decided to merge their monetary sovereignties in a single currency. From the start, however, the project has been based on a marriage between France and Germany.

EU-Israel relations: Everything is economic

The UACES Network |

The EU should focus more on its relations with the private sector in Israel, and forget to a certain extent the politics, in order to strengthen its position as an influential external actor – argues  Shelly Gottfried.* The EU’s economic strength and active involvement in national and regional processes is a well-known fact; however, it […]

Designing the Euro: An institutional hole?

The UACES Network |

“If Member States run sound public finances, as a rule, they will never find themselves in a position where they have to correct an excessive deficit,” underlined Joaquín Almunia, Commissioner for economic and financial affairs, presenting the 2007 ‘Public Finances in EMU’ report in June. “And that is why the preventive arm of the Stability […]

EU-US Agreement on SWIFT bank data transfer

europeonthestrand |

By Claudia Hillebrand On Monday night, a contested transatlantic counter-terrorism agreement jumped another hurdle. In an extraordinary meeting in Strasbourg, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee) accepted a recommendation suggesting that the plenum of the European Parliament (EP) should approve the revised EU-US Agreement on SWIFT bank data […]

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