Spain’s striking export success has enabled the economy to emerge from recession and helped to turn around the current-account balance. Structural adjustment is shifting the engine of the economy from domestic sources of growth into an export-led model.
Turkey’s EU accession process is back on track, with the opening this
month of the first chapter, or policy area, in more than three years,
but the Islamist-rooted government continues to send out mixed signals
over the country’s direction.
The core challenge for the US in the first quarter of the 21st century
is the capacity of its political system to fashion and implement
public policies to respond effectively to today’s and tomorrow’s
On 28 June 2013 the Shah Deniz Consortium (SDC) took a historic decision that put an end to a decade-long pipeline race to bring Central Asian gas to Europe. The big loser was Nabucco, a project that the European Commission once considered ’strategic’ for the opening of the Southern Gas Corridor.
Recently, a further subject for debate has appeared concerning the ECB’s policies which, although less newsworthy than its position on the purchase of public debt in troubled economies, may be even more important for the euro’s future: what to do in view of the fall in the inflation rate.
Once more, Europe has an eye on Berlin: Chancellor Merkel’s victory in the general elections held on 22 September 2013
also confirms her as a leader in the EU scenario. After a month of
exploratory talks it seems clear by now that the Social Democratic
Party (SPD) will emerge as the junior partner in the new Merkel
Propuesta elaborada por 11 economistas, politólogos y juristas alemanes (Glienicker Group) para salir de la crisis de la zona euro. El texto ha generado un importante debate en Alemania porque aboga por políticas equilibradas entre los países deudores y acreedores, lo que se aleja del discurso dominante en Alemania. El texto original en alemán fue publicado en el diario Die ZEIT el 17 de octubre de 2013.
Eleven German economists, political scientists and jurists -the
Glienicker Group- presented this
proposals to solve the Eurozone crisis. The docoment advocates
balanced policies between debtors and creditors countries moving away from the dominant ideas in Germany. The original
version was published in German by Die ZEIT on 17 October
On 14 October the European Commission made public its selection of the first set of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs) regarding Europe’s energy infrastructure. The most remarkable aspect in the Communication is how short-sighted the European Commission’s long-term energy vision for Europe looks.
The European Commission would like the talks on Turkey’s full EU membership, frozen for the past three years, to be renewed and greater attention paid to incorporating the issue of fundamental rights into negotiations with the country.
Iliana Olivié and Aitor Pérez (with the participation of Rafael Domínguez)
This research paper explores the coordination initiatives and results —the costs and benefits of coordination— in a specific EU development partner country through a case study on Morocco. It is part of several studies on aid coordination commissioned by the European Parliament in early 2013.