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The fiscal side of Europe’s energy crisis: the facts, problems and prospects
Europe needs to move beyond emergency fiscal responses and focus on structural changes to allow the EU to accelerate its decoupling from fossil fuels.
Is Europe failing on import diversification?
Despite a goal of economic self-reliance, the European Union’s imports are generally sourced from an increasingly limited set of suppliers.
The difficulty of designating gatekeepers under the EU Digital Markets Act
The European Commission should be more precise and transparent when designating gatekeepers under the European Union’s Digital Markets Act.
Europe’s half a million barrels per day diesel supply question
A new European Union embargo on Russian oil products should not affect EU diesel supplies and prices, but could encourage re-routing by Russia.
Web3: the next internet revolution
Tokenisation based on blockchain technology could bring radical changes to markets for goods and services.
08 July 2021
A breakdown of EU countries’ post-pandemic green spending plans
An analysis of European Union countries’ recovery plans shows widely differing green spending priorities.
07 July 2021
How have the European Central Bank’s negative rates been passed on?
Negative rate cuts are not that different from ‘standard’ rate cuts. Like them, they reduce banks’ margins, but this effect does not appear to be ampl
06 July 2021
Banks post-Brexit: regulatory divergence or parallel tracks?
Post-Brexit UK bank regulation is not likely to compromise on international standards, but will place greater emphasis on competition.
05 July 2021
Designing a hybrid work organisation
Post-pandemic hybrid work models should be carefully planned, taking into account individual and organisational needs.
30 June 2021
Workers can unlock the artificial intelligence revolution
Employers and artificial intelligence developers should ensure new technologies work for workers by making them trustworthy, easy to use and valuable
15 June 2021
The Conference on the Future of Europe: vehicle for reform versus forum for reflection?
The approach of the European Union’s institutions to the Conference on the Future of Europe is muddled, with risks for the outcome.
14 June 2021
The socio-economic consequences of COVID-19 in the Middle East and North Africa
Confronted with COVID-19, high-income Gulf countries have done better than most of their middle- and low-income neighbours; Jordan and Morocco are als
10 June 2021
The coming productivity boom
AI and other digital technologies have been surprisingly slow to improve economic growth. But that could be about to change.
09 June 2021
Inflation!? Germany, the euro area and the European Central Bank
There is concern in Germany about rising prices, but expectations and wage data show no sign of excess pressures; German inflation should exceed 2% to
07 June 2021
Quo vadis, Swiss-European Union relations?
Switzerland’s decision to abandon talks on a framework agreement with the European Union will have far reaching consequences. The outline of future re
01 June 2021
Banks in a net-zero Europe
A net-zero emissions target is a powerful incentive for the low-carbon transition.
31 May 2021
What Swiss voters expect to happen next, after EU talks fail
Proponents and opponents of the Swiss-EU institutional framework agreement have different takes on the impact of a success or failure of the agreement
31 May 2021
For the climate, Asia-Pacific must phase out fossil-fuel subsidies
An exit from coal in the Asia-Pacific region is a global decarbonisation priority.
28 May 2021
Emergency Liquidity Assistance: A new lease of life or kiss of death?
Use of Emergency Liquidity Assistance to prop up euro-area banks needs to be more transparent; available evidence suggests its use has not always been
27 May 2021
International tax debate moves from digital focus to global minimum
International corporate tax reform is coming closer if countries can set aside their differences and work for progress rather than the perfect deal.
11 May 2021
Pandemic leadership: beware of anecdotes
Leaders with science training have not outperformed other leaders in terms of their countries’ coronavirus responses - nor have women or populists.
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