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EU Monitor

The series "EU Monitor" focuses on political, economic and monetary developments in the enlarged EU. The spectrum ranges from political commentaries and reform of the EU institutions to matters pertaining to the European Economic and Monetary Union, financial-market and banking aspects, and the consequences of enlargement for specific sectors and countries.

93 (91-93)
July 23, 2008
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The euro was launched with great expectations in 1999 and is a success story today. This is based on a high degree of price stability, the stimulation of trade and investment in Europe, good progress in financial market integration, and a growing international role played by the euro. But there have been disappointments, too, especially as far as growth and EMU enlargement are concerned. The monetary union faces major challenges as it enters its second decade. The distortion of competitive positions within EMU needs to be corrected. And the reformed stability pact still has to stand the test in conditions of weak growth. [more]
91
April 22, 2008
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Recent market turmoil and its consequences will negatively impact the earnings of European banks for a considerable time. This reverses a long period of improvements in profitability and efficiency. But: the current environment should not distract from the trends that have favourably shaped the structure of the industry for the last 10 years and will continue to do so: consolidation, internationalisation, convergence and increasing specialisation. In this study, we consider to what extent these trends are going to further shape the banking sector in the foreseeable future. [more]
92
June 16, 2006
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Neither theory nor empirical observations can justify an interventionist industrial policy. Under the euphemism of economic patriotism, a policy based mainly on protectionist measures and state support will ultimately harm the competitiveness of affected industries. Such an approach threatens the viability of the single European market. A more promising alternative would be an economic policy that offers growth-enhancing framework conditions to create an attractive environment for domestic firms and foreign investors alike. [more]
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