Europe Foreign Trade and International Economic Relations

Helmut Kohl Was Right

Economists criticize his decisions on German reunification and the euro, but he understood better the relationship between politics and economics.

Helmut Kohl’s death earlier this month has revived a contentious debate over his legacy. Although the former chancellor of Germany is widely considered to be a political genius, conventional wisdom holds that his economic policy was a failure. It’s time to reassess that view. Kohl was smarter on economics than many professional economists are willing to admit.

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Currency and Financial Markets Economic Policy Monetary Policy

Decision of ECB sends a strong and convincing argument

The decision of the ECB sends a strong and convincing argument that it is determined to pursue its mandate of price stability. The programme constitutes a necessary step to help end the European crisis. We don’t have to like the programme, but we should support it to give Europe a perspective for the future.

The size of the purchase programme sends a credible signal to financial markets, also as it exceeds expectations. The ECB rightly underlines the urgent responsibility of … [continue reading]

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Currency and Financial Markets Europe

The ECB must open itself up

Published in Financial Times (10th of June 2013)

On Tuesday, the conflict between the European Central Bank and the Bundesbank will turn into a showdown before the German constitutional court on the legality of eurozone policy decisions. No matter how the court eventually rules, the case is straining a difficult relationship. It is time to defuse this eurozone time bomb. As one of 17 national central banks, the Bundesbank is part of the eurosystem headed by the ECB. The current … [continue reading]

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