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What is going on in Italy?

Antonella Forganni |

Should Europe be seriously worried about the latest developments in Italian politics or simply shrug its shoulders and tick off the forthcoming parliamentary elections as yet another convulsion of a chronically unstable system? I have just received a nice envelop from the Italian Consulate in Paris with all the materials to vote to renew the […]

After the pandemic: Still Draghi vs Schäuble?

Future of Europe blog |

Will Berlin finally acknowledge that economics is a social science and not theology? How to escape the pandemic? For some – the Italians Mario Draghi and Paolo Gentiloni or the French Emmanuel Macron and Thierry Breton – the pandemic has called into question the previous economic policy equilibria and so they are asking for the […]

Will the Italian economy recover?

Simona Piattoni |

The Next Generation EU superfoods are on their way. Can they save a starving Italian patient? Italy entered the Covid-19 crisis enfeebled by years of anaemic growth, stagnant public and private investment, high unemployment, a heavy debt load and tendentially feverish interest rates. Hopes for its recovery were pinned on the Eurozone’s standard recipe of […]

What can Italy's economic ailments tell us about the euro area's current slowdown?

Simona Piattoni |

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the euro area slowdown was the result of EMU-induced domestic deflation. EU3D researcher Simona Piattoni offers a different reading of Italy’s disappointing economic performance.  Since 2011, Italy has been considered the single largest threat to the stability of the euro. Italy’s high and growing debt (€2300 bn, some 135% of […]

On the Road to Paris and Beyond: What Role for Political Parties?

Jonas Schoenefeld |

As governments gear up for the international climate change Conference of the Parties (COP) in Paris in December 2015, this post considers the role of political parties in climate politics. As the locus and focus of much modern-day political debate, parties arguably play a key role in shaping political conversations and actions on climate change. […]

Europe made me do it - Labour market reforms in Europe

Marco Scipioni |

In these times of crisis for EU Member States, labour market reforms in a handful of countries have come to be seen as the final turning point for the so-called 'Euro-crisis'. This is because labour market reforms are those 'structural reforms' that have been regarded as necessary ingredients in the recipe to put Southern Member States' economies on firmer grounds.

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