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To safeguard long-term stability and peace in Europe, the response to the Ukraine crisis must be forceful from both sides of the Atlantic. Let me put it in less diplomatic terms: the Ukraine quandary is a European one and so it ought to be solved with substantial involvement of the EU. Economic...
Need to Know . . . Multiple benchmarks have shown a relative decline in competitiveness and ease of doing business for most European countries The most competitive economies were least buffeted by the Great Recession, showing resilience and stability Among 29 European countries, only...
The sudden turnaround in the political turmoil in Ukraine now has the potential for a geopolitical game-changer. If the EU faces continued political turbulence on its border with Ukraine that involves Russia, this stands to have economic ramifications. Of course it’s difficult to make out the...
On January 1, Latvia will become the 18th country to join the European Monetary Union (Eurozone). The accession will beef up the region’s population by 0.6 percent and its GDP by 0.3 percent. A similar share will augment the Eurozone’s broad money stock. Latvia, the sixth poorest economy in the EU...
It is increasingly likely that the Eurozone will face a weak recovery and possible stagnation in the years ahead. Economic growth in the region slowed to 0.1 percent in the third quarter compared to the second quarter, a substantial deceleration from the 0.3 percent growth rate from the first to...
When Silvio Berlusconi failed to bring down the Italian cabinet recently, the rest of Europe breathed a sigh of relief. In fact, the unfortunate imbroglio presages the type of crisis that appears suddenly somewhere in Europe and for which there could be few immediate solutions. In the recent past,...
A new study TTIP and the Fifty States (by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Atlantic Council) documents some palpable benefits that state economies could book once a moderately ambitious scope of the treaty takes effect. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a free trade...
A new study TTIP and the Fifty States (by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Atlantic Council) documents some palpable benefits that state economies could book once a moderately ambitious scope of the treaty takes effect. Let’s recap: the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a...
July’s industrial production fell 1 percentage point in the EU compared to the month before and was down twice that compared to the previous year. Manufacturing output will probably decline about half a percent this year in the Eurozone before climbing about a percentage point in 2014. Weakness was...
A few weeks ago, a group of far-sighted Europeans and Americans representing the private and public sectors gathered in the mountains of Colorado to discuss the prospects for and implications of a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP (pronounced in the vernacular as “T-Tip” by...

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