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Apps without borders? How COVID-19 apps show the limits of the EU digital single market

In their toolkit against a pandemic that knows no borders, several EU countries have bet on new technology from our era of globalisation: digital contact tracing COVID-19 apps. But the way they've been rolled out illustrate troublesome limits to the EU digital single market. By: The Sound of Economics Date: July 9, 2020 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Episode guests:Scott Marcus, Senior Fellow, BruegelNiclas Poitiers, Research Fellow, Bruegel Hosted by:Solenn...

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Financial fragility after #COVID19

Before the pandemic hit, a substantial share of households reported that they would be unable to handle a financial emergency. In some EU countries, many had savings equivalent to just a few weeks of basic consumption. By: The Sound of Economics Date: July 2, 2020 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance In this episode we discuss financial fragility in European households in the time of COVID-19. Before the pandemic hit, a substantial share of households reported that...

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One rule to ring them all? Europe’s financial markets after Brexit

By: The Sound of Economics Date: June 26, 2020 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance The response to COVID crisis necessitates a lot of cash. So will the upcoming green transition. But with Brexit, Europe lost its easy and practical access to the world’s largest financial market. So is today the right time to create a European capital markets union, with only one rule to ring them all; one rule to bind all 27 capital markets in the EU? Episode guests:Rebecca Christie,...

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Redefining Europe’s role after the Covid-19 Pandemic

By: The Sound of Economics Date: June 25, 2020 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance In a special live edition podcast of an event we organised recently with EU3D, we discuss how the current situation brought upon by the pandemic could shift the ‘Conference on the Future of Europe’ debate, whether EU treaty changes are back on on the agenda and what this would imply for the relation of the EU with its closely affiliated non-members. The response to the pandemic throws...

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Reopening: Europe

This episode provides a background overview of the impact of the reopening of borders on European value chains, future of work, and innovation. By: The Sound of Economics Date: June 11, 2020 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Since the end of May and throughout the month of June, many European countries have lifted or loosened lockdown measures set in place to fight the spread of the coronavirus. One of the last measures still in place is the closure of international...

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Will COVID-19 boost the euro as a global currency?

The euro is, by definition an international currency. However, since being established in the late 90s the single currency has always been somewhat less than the sum of it's parts and has yet to challenge the US dollar for global dominance. Its international status declined with the euro crisis of 2008.  By: The Sound of Economics Date: June 8, 2020 Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Could the reform of the institutional setup of the monetary union that many are...

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COVID-19’s shock for emerging economies

COVID-19 is by far the biggest challenge policymakers in emerging economies have had to deal with in recent history. The pandemic is hurting emerging economies in at least three ways: by locking down their populations, damaging their export earnings and deterring foreign capital. Even if the pandemic will fade in the second half of the year, gdp in developing countries, measured at purchasing-power parity, will be 6.6% smaller in 2020 than the IMF had forecast in October. In this episode we...

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China’s financial system: opening up and system risk

China is opening up its financial sector- What does that mean for China and the world? China’s financial sector has grown massively in size and has become systemically important. In addition, it has also become much more complex with increasing systemic risk. The cyclical -beyond the structural – deceleration that the Chinese economy is undergoing is one of the key risks that the Chinese financial system is facing. At the same time, China has decided to open up its financial sector to foreign...

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China’s economy after COVID-19

The first country to be hit by the current pandemic, China has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. What have been its impacts on the Chinese economy? What does it represent, more broadly, to the global economy? Are global supply chains really starting to be put into question? Today, Giuseppe Porcaro is joined by Alicia García-Herrero and Yiping Huang, Professor of Economics and Finance at the Peking University. By: The Sound of Economics Date: May 6, 2020 Topic: Global...

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An analysis of the German Constitutional Court’s ruling on the ECB QE programme

The German Constitutional called today on the ECB to justify its bond-buying program. What does today's ruling of the German Constitutional Court mean for the ECB's QE program? Could such a decision open a precedent when it comes to contesting EU law? Today, Giuseppe Porcaro and Guntram Wolff are joined by Franz Mayer, chair of Public Law at the University of Belefield, to analyse the German Constitutional Court's ruling. By: The Sound of Economics Date: May 5, 2020 Topic: European...

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