Single market, competition & trade

Bulletin issue 59

Issue 59 - 2008

Hugo Brady, Philip Whyte, Christoph Bertram
28 March 2008
A joint response to the credit crunch

A joint response to the credit crunch

Katinka Barysch
19 March 2008
Ailing banks are being rescued, markets remain frozen, economic numbers are becoming gloomier. Of course, central banks and governments are focusing on fire-fighting, on cutting interest rates, on providing cash to liquidity-starved banks and to consumers.
Time for the Export-Weltmeister to start consuming

Time for the Export-Weltmeister to start consuming

13 February 2008
Too many Europeans are blaming the US for the economic slowdown in Europe, as if everything would have been fine if only the Americans were not so irresponsible. This is complacent.
Lisbon scorecard VIII

The Lisbon scorecard VIII: Is Europe ready for an economic storm?

Simon Tilford, Katinka Barysch, Philip Whyte
01 February 2008
After more than half a decade of economic gloom, the years 2006 and 2007 restored some much-needed optimism to Europe. Faster GDP growth and falling unemployment were at least partly due to the implementation of structural reform.
Growing old gracefully

Growing old gracefully: How to ease population ageing in Europe

Alasdair Murray
17 January 2008
Europe stands on the cusp of a demographic revolution. Rising life expectancy and low fertility are radically transforming Europe’s demographic profile. Ageing populations pose profound political, economic and social challenges for Europe.
Politics, Sarkozy and the euro

Politics, Sarkozy and the euro

Philip Whyte
03 December 2007
Not long after its launch, the euro was famously dismissed by a disgruntled currency trader as a “toilet currency”. How things have changed. Since 2003, the euro’s external value has soared, particularly against the US dollar.
European retail banking

European retail banking: Will there ever be a single market?

David Shirreff
03 December 2007
Integrated markets for entertainment and communications, as well as nearly all goods, stretch from the Arctic to Cyprus. By contrast, Europe’s retail banking industry remains largely segmented along national lines.
China and the EU

China is losing its EU friends

Katinka Barysch
29 November 2007
The EU is getting tough on China. That, at least, is the impression one gets from high-ranking EU officials that arrived for the annual EU-China summit in Beijing this week. Economics is the main reason for Europe’s changing mood.
Can the EU learn to live with Chinese mercantilism? thumbnail

Can the EU learn to live with Chinese mercantilism?

Philip Whyte
29 October 2007
Not long after its launch, the euro was famously dismissed by a disgruntled currency trader as a “toilet currency”. How things have changed.
What should Europe do about sovereign wealth funds?

What should Europe do about sovereign wealth funds?

Katinka Barysch, Philip Whyte
01 October 2007
Several EU governments have become alarmed about sovereign wealth funds (SWFs). Germany, for example, is thinking of preventing such funds from buying local companies in sensitive sectors.
The Microsoft appeal: The Commission was right

The Microsoft appeal: The Commission was right

13 September 2007
On September 17th the European Union’s Court of First Appeal will rule on Microsoft’s long-awaited appeal against the record fine imposed on the company by the Commission in 2004 for abusing its dominant position in computer operating systems.
Bulletin issue 55

Issue 55 - 2007

Charles Grant, Clara Marina O'Donnell, Katinka Barysch, Simon Maxwell
27 July 2007
Why Europeans don’t have babies

Why Europeans don’t have babies

Katinka Barysch
29 June 2007
Europeans live longer, work less and have fewer babies. On current trends, the EU will not have enough workers to pay for its growing number of pensioners.
EU business and Turkish accession

EU business and Turkish accession

Katinka Barysch, Dr Rainer Hermann
22 June 2007
Many EU politicians and their voters are unsure about the merits of Turkish accession. Europe’s entrepreneurs are not. They are showing confidence by investing billions into the fast-growing Turkish economy, partly because they expect that EU accession will continue to change the country for the better.
Industrial policy – back to the future?

Industrial policy – back to the future?

01 June 2007
In his book ‘Testimony’, Nicolas Sarkozy, the newly elected French president, wrote that his finest hour as finance minister of France was the government’s rescue of Alstom, a French maker of high-speed trains and telecoms equipment. The company’s banks had refused to extend further credit, and with Siemens – a...
Britain and Europe: A City minister's perspective

Britain and Europe: A City minister's perspective

Ed Balls MP
18 May 2007
Britain's membership of the EU strengthens London as a global financial centre, argues City Minister, Ed Balls. The UK should engage actively with the EU, to ensure that its financial regulation is proportionate, flexible, and implemented effectively.
Globalisation: business versus politics?

Globalisation: Business versus politics?

Katinka Barysch
20 April 2007
The CER and Accenture brought together a group of business people, journalists and policy analysts today, to discuss what the world may look like in 2020. What struck me is that there is not one debate about globalisation but several. And they hardly touch.
We are all Nordic now, or are we?

We are all Nordic now, or are we?

Katinka Barysch
02 April 2007
The EU drew up its Lisbon reform agenda in 2000 with the thinly disguised goal of catching up with the US. But the idea that Europe should strive to adopt ‘Anglo-Saxon’ capitalism is abhorrent to those who cherish Europe’s more extensive welfare states.