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Appellate Body Politic

2 days ago

This week, the WTO’s Appellate Body, the dispute settlement body, became inoperational: it no longer has the necessary number of judges to render verdicts. What does this mean for international trade and multilateralism? Are we now living in a world without dispute settlement? This week, Guntram Wolff is joined by Alan Beattie, the author of the FT’s new Trade Secrets newsletter, and Alicia García-Herrero to discuss the crisis of the Appellate Body. By: The Sound of Economics Date: December 12, 2019 Topic: Global Economics & Governance

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What’s inside the European Green Deal?

3 days ago

President Ursula Von der Leyen has presented her European Green Deal before the European Parliament. How will it work? What are its implications? And will it make Europe carbon neutral by 2050? Nicholas Barrett asks  Simone Tagliapietra what’s inside the Green Deal. By: The Sound of Economics Date: December 11, 2019 Topic: Energy & Climate

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Getting post-Brexit trade deals done

4 days ago

The UK goes to the polls on Thursday to decide who (and if) they want to "get Brexit done". But, as soon as Britain leaves, it will have 11 months to agree a trade deal with the EU. Is it possible? Nicholas Barrett is joined by Maria Demertzis and Niclas Poitiers to discuss post-Brexit trade deals with the EU and the USA. By: The Sound of Economics Date: December 10, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

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The Belt and Road anxiety

9 days ago

Is the Belt and Road initiative a global development plan or is it just a trade project? How concerned should the international community be with what is called the "project of the century"? This week, Guntram Wolff discusses the Belt and Road Initiative with Prof. He Fang, from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Dr. Jing Gu, director of the Centre for Rising Powers and Global Development, and Suman Bery, from Bruegel. By: The Sound of Economics Date: December 5, 2019 Topic: Global Economics & Governance This podcast was recorded in Berlin at the Asia Europe Economic Forum (AEEF)

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The EU-Russia-China energy triangle

16 days ago

Russia wants to export more gas to China, should the EU be concerned? This week, Nicholas Barrett is joined by Georg Zachmann to discuss the EU-Russia-China energy triangle. By: The Sound of Economics Date: November 28, 2019 Topic: Energy & Climate View comments

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Ethics and Algorithms

24 days ago

Will the EU’s regulations undermine its power of innovation? How can the EU protect its values while harnessing technology? These are some of the questions we discuss with Brent Mittlestadt, from the University of Oxford, and Andre Loesekrug-Pietri, from the Joint European Disruptive Initiative, in our new Sound of Economics podcast. By: The Sound of Economics Date: November 20, 2019 Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy

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Cars, steel and national security: The EU-US trade spat

November 14, 2019

Guntram Wolff is joined by Alan Beattie, the author of the FT’s new Trade Secrets newsletter, and by Andre Sapir, Bruegel’s very own trade expert to discuss President Trump’s tariffs and whether or not they’re working By: The Sound of Economics Date: November 14, 2019 Topic: Global Economics & Governance

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How to make the European Green Deal work (Part Two)

November 14, 2019

Nicholas Barrett and Guntram Wolff discuss industrial policy and the social consequences of the green deal with Grégory Claeys and Simone Tagliapietra.Don’t worry if you missed part one because all of Bruegel’s pillars for a European Green Deal are created equal. This time, Nicholas Barrett and Guntram Wolff discuss industrial policy and the social consequences of the green deal with Grégory Claeys and Simone Tagliapietra. Read the paper in full.

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How to make the European Green Deal work (Part One)

November 7, 2019

What industrial policy for the European Green Deal?This event will be a workshop, aiming to look into the design and implementation process of the European Green Deal. Each session will be introduced by three short presentations aimed at launching the discussion among all workshop participants. Speakers: Jos Delbeke, Bertrand Déprez, Markus Hess, Laura Piovesan, Megan Richards, Simone Tagliapietra, Mary Veronica Tovšak Pleterski, Kurt Vandenberghe and Reinhilde Veugelers Topic: Energy & Climate, European Macroeconomics & Governance Location: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Date: November 4, 2019

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How not to spend it

October 31, 2019

Buying a car, a house or a cryptocurrency has never been easier: with a simple click, digital banking has made financial operations accessible to everyone. But, while Fintech has become widespread, financial literacy does not seem to keep up the pace. This week Maria Demertzis and Nicholas Barrett are joined by Annamaria Lusardi, Denit Trust Endowed Chair of Economics and Accountancy from George Washington University School of Business to discuss financial literacy.Digital banking has made our lives easier, but why are people use mobile banking more likely to be overdrawn? This week Maria Demertzis and Nicholas Barrett are joined by Annamaria Lusardi, Denit Trust Endowed Chair of Economics and Accountancy from George Washington University School of Business to discuss financial literacy

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How to Spend it

October 23, 2019

Can governments make their fiscal policy go further? And are they trusted enough to try? This week The Sound of Economics asks if the quality of public spending is as important as the quantity. By: The Sound of Economics Date: October 23, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance With interest rates so low for so long, central bankers are running out of levers to pull. But perhaps better fiscal policy can help economies grow as well as cutting carbon emissions. Politicians, journalists and economist have spent years bickering about the quantity of public spending in Europe, but the quality of public spending could be just as important. This week’s podcast features Maria Demertzis, Boris Cournede, Francesco Papadia and Nicholas Barrett.

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The Art of the Brexit Deal

October 17, 2019

An emergency Brexit podcast to dissect today’s tentative deal between the EU27 and the British Government, featuring Maria Demertzis, Guntram Wolff and Nicholas Barrett By: The Sound of Economics Date: October 17, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance The British government has reached a deal with the EU27. The agreement is still subject to approval by the British and European parliaments, as well as the European Council. But is it good news for Brussels? How will Britain strike favourable trade deals when all this is over? And, with a new relationship between Brussels, London and the world yet be realised, is this the beginning of the end or just the end of the beginning?

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Brexit: a European Odyssey

October 11, 2019

Nicholas Barrett and Guntram Wolff talk to Kalypso Nicolaïdis, author of Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit. Together they discuss the mythology that binds Britain to continental Europe By: The Sound of Economics Date: October 11, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance In June 2016, 17.4 million people voted to leave the European Union. Since then, Brexit has descended into a complicated and polarising melodrama. But beyond the technical and cultural battlefields, what does Brexit actually mean, not just for Britain for the EU too?  And what does it tell us about Brussels?This week, Nicholas Barrett and Guntram Wolff sit down with Kalypso Nicolaïdis, author of Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit. Together they discuss the mythology

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Deep Focus: What’s slowing the Mercosur agreement?

September 27, 2019

The EU-Mercosur has been 20 years in the making, but a hostile trading environment, unpredictable government and growing environmental concerns are putting it in peril. Is the deal worth fighting for and can it be saved? And could it become a casualty Brazil’s forest fires?

The European Union and Mercosur – a customs union covering Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay  – have spent two decades negotiating a trade agreement. The gains are modest the ratification process will be anything but easy. Nevertheless, the deal is worth fighting for according to Uri Dadush. This week he joins Nicholas Barrett on our Deep Focus podcast to discuss the perils and process of an agreement that could be as significant to the globe’s climate as it is for the global economy.
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Deep Focus: What is a hybrid attack?

September 18, 2019

Hybrid attacks are fast, dynamic and ever-evolving. They can cross borders and span industries. They are best dealt with at the national level, but without international cooperation, nation-states are bound to be overwhelmed. So should hybrid attacks must be repelled by responsive nation-states and by cooperative international bodies. By: The Sound of Economics Date: September 18, 2019 Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Increasing cyber and hybrid risks will test the European Union’s system of fragmentation on issues of security but centralisation on financial and other economic issues. This asymmetry was not an obstacle in a world in which security threats were more contained or of a different nature. But the world is changing.  But what is a hybrid attack and whose

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Director’s Cut: The Green New Deal

September 11, 2019

In this Director’s Cut of ‘The Sound of Economics’, Guntram Wolff and Simone Tagliapietra discuss the division of tasks for the new EU commissioners, following Ursua Von der Leyen’s announcement of roles on 10th September. They specifically zoom in on the role of the Green Deal, one of the flagship projects of this commission.The layout of the commission has largely changed this year. A key part being that there are now three executive Vice Presidents, driving three main economic issues. Frans Timmermans, responsible for the implementation of the Green Deal; Margrethe Vestager, responsible for the digital age and competition policy and Valdis Dombrovskis, responsible for economy and financial services. The major change being that, in this commission, the Vice Presidents also have their own

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Backstage at BAM19: Designing a competition policy fit for Europe’s needs.

September 5, 2019

Backstage at the Bruegel Annual Meetings, Rebecca Christie talks with Mathew Heim on competition policy. By: The Sound of Economics Date: September 5, 2019 Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Should competition policy adjust to current concerns and support industrial policy? How can we contextualise long-run consumer welfare? How can we maintain independence and objectivity in enforcement? In this podcast, Rebecca Christie discusses competition policy, with Mathew Heim.

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Backstage at BAM19: How much further reform is needed for the new financial sector?

September 5, 2019

Backstage at the Bruegel Annual Meetings, Rebecca Christie talks with Nicolas Véron on the new financial sector.Is current financial architecture working as intended? If not, can it be fixed at the margin, or does it require holistic overhaul? Can such reforms be envisaged in a way that gives satisfaction to most or all member states? In this podcast, Rebecca Christie discusses financial sector architecture with Nicolas Véron.

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Backstage at BAM19: Enhancing Europe’s economic sovereignty

September 5, 2019

Backstage at the Bruegel Annual Meetings, Nicholas Barrett talks with Jean Pisani-Ferry on Europe’s monetary union. By: The Sound of Economics Date: September 5, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance What can the EU’s incoming leadership do to protect Europe’s economic autonomy in light of America and China’s economic, geopolitical struggle for supremacy? In this podcast, Nicholas Barrett discusses enhancing Europe’s economic sovereignty, with Jean Pisani-Ferry.

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Backstage at BAM19: Priorities for Europe’s monetary union

September 5, 2019

Backstage at the Bruegel Annual Meetings, Nicholas Barrett talks with Zsolt Darvas on Europe’s monetary union. By: The Sound of Economics Date: September 5, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance How complete is Europe’s monetary union? Is the euro area ready for a next recession or an economic crisis? What should be the reform priorities? In this podcast, Nicholas Barrett discusses the priorities for Europe’s monetary union, with Zsolt Darvas.

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Backstage at BAM19: AI, robots and platform workers

September 4, 2019

Backstage at the Bruegel Annual Meetings, Giuseppe Porcaro talks with J. Scott Marcus on AI, robots and platform workers. By: The Sound of Economics Date: September 4, 2019 Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Will increasing use of AI, machine learning, robots and big data lead to massive unemployment? How are non-traditional workers and the self-employed to obtain health insurance and pensions? What role should public policy play going forward? In this podcast, Giuseppe Porcaro discusses the future of AI, robots and platform workers, with J. Scott Marcus.

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Backstage at BAM19: Which priorities for the new EU leadership?

September 4, 2019

Backstage at the Bruegel Annual Meetings, Rebecca Christie talks with Guntram Wolff on priorities for the new EU leadership, the Annual Meetings and Commissioner Malmstrom’s keynote. By: The Sound of Economics Date: September 4, 2019 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance When the last Commission took office in 2014, Europe was consumed by the eurozone crisis. Today, the incoming leadership must decide how to deal with a variety of issues. In this podcast, Rebecca Christie discusses the priorities for the new EU leadership, with session chair Guntram Wolff.

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Backstage at BAM19: Europe’s trade policy

September 4, 2019

Backstage at the Bruegel Annual Meetings, Giuseppe Porcaro talks with André Sapir on European trade policy.How should and will the EU position itself vis-à-vis the US and China, both bilaterally and multilaterally in the context of the WTO system? In this podcast, Giuseppe Porcaro discusses Europe’s trade policy, with André Sapir.

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Backstage at BAM19: How can Europe’s economy thrive in the digital age?

September 4, 2019

Backstage at the Bruegel Annual Meetings, Giuseppe Porcaro talks with session chair Reinhilde Veugelers on Europe’s economy in the digital age. By: The Sound of Economics Date: September 4, 2019 Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy What corporate strategies and public policy support are needed to turn the potential of digital technologies into opportunities for sustainable growth of EU firms, and for addressing EU societal challenges? In this podcast, Giuseppe Porcaro discusses how Europe’s economy can thrive in the digital age, with Reinhilde Veugelers.

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Deep Focus: Energy transition in the next EU institutional cycle

July 10, 2019

Bruegel fellow Simone Tagliapietra speaks to Sean Gibson in this instalment of ‘The Sound of Economics’, on the matter of the European energy transition and how the EU should proceed in the new institutional cycle.

When the dust settles after the recent European elections, and as the new Commission takes office, the problem of climate change – and its accompanying policy challenges – will remain one of the EU’s chief agenda items.
One significant facet is the transition of Europe’s energy generation to more renewable sources. The EU has to find a way to decarbonise particular sectors much more quickly than has been managed so far, while allowing for and managing the distributional consequences of such policies for the continent’s population.
Simone Tagliapietra has co-written a

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Director’s Cut: Priorities for the new ECB president

July 4, 2019

In this Director’s Cut of ‘The Sound of Economics’, Guntram Wolff talks to two of the authors of Bruegel’s memo to the new ECB president, Maria Demertzis and Grégory Claeys, to specify the most important issues at the beginning of this eight-year cycle and to clarify the parameters within which the new incumbent will have to work.
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The Sound of Economics
Date: July 4, 2019
Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

A difficult proposition faces the new ECB president – monetary union remains incomplete, the bank lacks room to manoeuvre in applying new tools, and it is not yet clear what constitutes the new economic ‘normal’.
In this episode of ‘The Sound of Economics’ Bruegel director Guntram Wolff addresses deputy

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Director’s Cut: ECB monetary policy decisions deconstructed

June 27, 2019

In this Director’s Cut, Bruegel’s Grégory Claeys and Maria Demertzis take a deeper look at whether the monetary policy decisions made by the ECB over the past three presidential eras arrived by consensus, by unanimity or by majority votes of the governing council.
By:
The Sound of Economics
Date: June 27, 2019
Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

The next president of the ECB, much like his predecessors, will have the difficult task of dealing with the balance between speaking with one voice and making timely, optimal decisions for the euro area as a whole.
In this episode of ‘The Sound of Economics’, Bruegel deputy director Maria Demertzis speaks with Bruegel research fellow Grégory Claeys about the evolution of

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Deep Focus: Making a success of EU cohesion policy

June 20, 2019

Bruegel senior fellow Zsolt Darvas talks to Sean Gibson in this Deep Focus podcast about how the EU can improve its cohesion policy, citing the best examples of its implementation and stressing the methodological difficulties in measuring its effectiveness.
By:
The Sound of Economics
Date: June 20, 2019
Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

Cohesion policy remains a contentious topic in the EU, central as it is to the matter of convergence between regions. The need to share economic growth throughout the bloc is particularly acute in the wake of notable electoral advances from several more populist political parties in Europe in recent years.
Bruegel senior fellow Zsolt Darvas explains how his recent study, co-written

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Director’s Cut: A strategic agenda for the incoming EU presidents

June 12, 2019

In this Director’s Cut of ‘The Sound of Economics’, Bruegel’s Guntram Wolff and Maria Demertzis talk through their memo to the new presidents of the European Commission, Council and Parliament, outlining the specific measures that should be implemented in order to tackle the most formidable challenges arising in the next five years.
By:
The Sound of Economics
Date: June 12, 2019
Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance

The next presidents of the European Commission, Council and Parliament will inherit a relatively healthy European economy, but will face three formidable challenges in the next five years.
First, the incoming presidents must define Europe’s place in an increasingly bipolar world driven by a geostrategic

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Backstage: Making the most of climate modelling

June 6, 2019

Bruegel senior fellow Georg Zachmann interviews Massimo Tavoni, professor at the Politecnico di Milano and director of EIEE, on the purpose of climate and energy models, what they can deliver and what are the most recent developments in their formulation.

In this episode of ‘The Sound of Economics’, Bruegel senior fellow Georg Zachmann continues the Backstage series with an interview with Massimo Tavoni, professor at the Politecnico di Milano and director of EIEE.
The discussion point is climate modelling – specifically its use and the necessity of complexity in some of its formulations.
Some climate models are very straightforward, and this allows for the building of a solid base. But interaction between complex systems requires consideration of a multitude of factors, not all of

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