• Will Germany’s labour market reforms save the economy?

    Europe has an enormous pool of unemployed people. However, companies in Europe are reluctant to employ more people due to the region’s inflexible and over-regulated labour market. Fierce competition from low-wage countries such as China has aggravated the problem. Nonetheless, this competition has also given Europe a greater sense of urgency to find a solution to its unemployment problem. This month in Economic View, we look at how Europe – and Germany specifically – is tackling the problem.

  • The grey danger

    Economists and politicians are very anxious about Europe's rapidly ageing population, which is expected to severely damage economic growth and fiscal balances over the coming decades. This month, Economic View explores this phenomenon and outlines some possible solutions.

  • Eurozone economy needs to reform

    In May and June respectively, French and Dutch voters rejected the ratification of the European constitution. As a result, some deep reflection is taking place in Europe. Politicians and economists are even debating the survival of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the euro.

  • If you buy our goods ...we’ll buy your bonds

    The US dollar has been in a downtrend over the past three years. Since many Asian countries have kept their currencies more or less pegged to the dollar, the euro has risen substantially against these currencies. This month in Economic View, we look at this development and the impact it has had on Eurozone growth.

  • Barriers to a prosperous future in Europe

    This is the first in a series of articles highlighting the main economic difficulties faced by the Eurozone in the current global environment. One of the most striking challenges is the emergence of new industrial nations in Central Europe and Non-Japan Asia with China especially in the limelight.