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European Banking Union comes with fiscal discipline

By end 2014, the European Banking Union will be a reality. Aside from being aimed at restoring banking sector stability, there are far-reaching implications for fiscal discipline. The long-awaited European Banking Union is set to be operational by the end of 2014. The Eurozone’s 128 biggest banks will have to undergo comprehensive asset quality reviews […]

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ECB and Germany must learn to love inflation for Eurozone to grow

Even though the Eurozone is teetering on the edge of deflation, the ECB will not lower its rates. The European Central Bank’s (ECB) message to markets in the last year has been clear: it will do anything in its power to stabilize the Eurozone. Anything, that is, except delivering on its inflation target. Eurozone inflation – […]

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Could independent Scotland be denied EU membership?

EU member states with their own separatist movements may balk at allowing an independent Scotland to join the EU, which would have major implications for trade and universities. EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso injected yet another wrinkle into Scotland’s independence debate in February when he said it was unlikely that an independent Scotland would […]

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Businesses absorb cost of rising corruption in the EU

Why make a risky investment in Europe, when you can take a similar risk with the prospect of higher returns in the developing world? With corruption levels rising, this is the question that threatens to discourage investment in the Eurozone. A new study by the European Commission (EC) has estimated that increasing corruption in the […]

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EU accession key to Serbia’s economic future

Serbia hopes that European Union entry will lift it out of economic crisis and into prosperity. Deteriorating public finances and conflicts with neighbors, however, undermine confidence in a smooth accession. The European Union has begun accession talks with Serbia, with the goal of finishing negotiations by 2018 and joining forces by 2020. The former Yugoslav […]

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Is Greece politically ready for a return to the markets?

The Greek government claims a return to the markets in the second half of 2014, while the country’s European partners argue for the potential necessity of a third bailout. The likelihood for a bailout exit within the next year remains low. But political stability, if accomplished, can pave the way. During festivities for the Greek […]

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2014: a balance between global optimism and latent risks

The World economy is on the mend, but recovery will not happen everywhere at the same pace. Here are some of the risks that will play a large role in determining the success of economic recovery in 2014. Advanced economies, such as the UK and the US already stand out from the crowd. There, the […]

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Political risks to watch in 2014

Turkey, China and Brazil face a difficult year ahead in more ways than one: economic growth forecasts, political stability and foreign direct investment prospects are likely to take a hit. The consensus is that 2014 is destined to be a good year for the global economy, at least relative to 2013’s tepid performance. Gone is […]

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Italy’s Enrico Letta Safe From Berlusconi – for Now

And so the Eurozone’s woes continue: A potential grand coalition government collapse in Italy has further threatened the recovery of the currency union’s third largest economy. On a continent with a slowly improving, yet fragile economy, there is little room for error. An Italian economic bust would be worse than an error. It could be […]

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Slovenia is Still Standing in Line for a Bailout

Should Slovenia fail to stabilise its economy in the upcoming weeks it will probably be forced to ask for a bailout from the European Union, the Governor of the Bank of Slovenia and Slovenian representative in the European Central Bank Bostjan Jazbec revealed in an interview for the Slovenian newspaper Delo. Once the economic champion […]

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