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14 April 2014

Appreciate the yuan depreciation

Since the beginning of this year, the renminbi has been depreciating against the US dollar. That marked a departure from the earlier trend of the Chin

07 March 2014

Tectonic shifts

Europe has just started a long journey of discovery. Banking union amounts to a regime change for European finance. Even as prospects for the first st

13 February 2014

The ECB is much too stodgy

The euro fuelled a leveraged bet that went bad. The ECB is best positioned to orchestrate the painful sharing of losses. If the ECB does not reinvent

13 February 2014

Taking the mandate of the ECB seriously

The ECB must achieve price stability in the euro area and contribute to the general economic objectives of the Union, if its price stability mandate a

13 February 2014

The ECB’s bridge too far

The line between audacity and hubris is a fine one. Rather than constituting a great success, OMT may well be remembered as an error born of expedienc

17 January 2014

2014 Financial Odyssey

The European Banking Union matures in 2014, with the ECB assuming its role as single supervisor. This column outlines the transition to the new steady

14 January 2014

Let’s not wait for a saviour

As a despondent year ends, there appear rays of hope. A healing world economy should help economic growth pick up. At home, a new Central government c

13 January 2014

The ghost of Deauville

On 19 October 2010, Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy agreed that in future, sovereign bailouts from the European Stability Mechanism would require th

08 January 2014

The ECB’s big moment

Europe’s banking union project has had many doubters since it started to be widely discussed in the spring of 2012. What is not in doubt, however, is

20 November 2013

A Schuman compact for the euro area

Five years of crisis have pushed Europe to take emergency financial measures to cushion the free fall of distressed countries. However, efforts to tur