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Europe is not a cash machine

The recovery and reconstruction of the European Economy after COVID19 will be a huge task for the European Union, a task that will require difficult decisions. Indeed, Europe is not a cash machine. In this presentation, I develop the reforms that Spain must undertake to take advantage of the historic opportunity provided by the European …

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Tackling inflation if it reappears

One lasting effect of the Global Crisis and the Covid-19 crisis will be a large increase in general government debt worldwide. This may lead to a scenario of ‘fiscal dominance’, in which expansionary fiscal policies are combined with accommodating monetary policies to alleviate the debt burden. This column argues that such a situation would put …

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Towards a European Reconstruction Fund

The idea that Europe’s response to the economic crisis should be based on the issuance of common perpetual bonds has been slowly gaining ground, but proposals that entail substantial increases to member states’ debt risk hampering growth for decades to come. This column argues that the time has come for genuine European spending financed through …

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Two proposals to resurrect the Banking Union: the Safe Portfolio Approach and SRB+

Paper prepared for ECB Conference on “Fiscal Policy and EMU Governance”, Frankfurt, 19 December 2019 Luis GaricanoMember of the European Parliament Professor of Economics and Strategy, IE Business School (on leave) AbstractNearly eight years after its inception, the European Banking Union is crumbling. None of its two stated objectives—breaking future contagion between banks and sovereigns, …

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