Hollande’s failure is Macron’s opportunity: A roundtable discussion with Xavier Ragot

France has a new president in town and there is general agreement that his “task is immense”, as Emmanuel Macron himself declared several times from his pedestal in front of the pyramide du Louvre. While Macron won a clear majority, … Continue reading Hollande’s failure is Macron’s opportunity: A roundtable discussion with Xavier Ragot

ECON+ Podcast: Brexit

Our second episode in which we examine what brought the UK to the point of having a referendum on its relationship with the European Union and what might happen to the UK, EU and the global economy in the event of a ‘Leave’ vote. NB: This podcast was recorded on Wednesday 8 June, a day after British Prime Minister David Cameron and UKIP leader Nigel Farage appeared before a live studio audience on ITV1 to answer questions on the referendum. Hence Luisa referred to the debate ‘yesterday’.   Continue reading ECON+ Podcast: Brexit

“Put your hands up! This is the financial markets” Crisis or not ?

By Victoria Collins “We’re not in 2008, we’re not in 2008, we’re not in…” – The title of an email I received from the French financial paper, Les Echos, Thursday afternoon. The adjoining article is about the bearish plunging of the French market which fell 4,05% again on Thursday, having lost 15% since the beginning of the year and 25% since its peak in April 2015. The mantra-like title of the email perfectly sums up the positive attitude we’re trying to talk ourselves into, while being reminded of our not so distant past. Things have changed though right? There’s been … Continue reading “Put your hands up! This is the financial markets” Crisis or not ?

Inside Juncker’s ambitious economic vision for a more integrated Europe

Watching European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s ‘State of the Union’ address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg Wednesday morning, it is clear that EU debate has never been livelier, more ridiculous or more interesting. At moments resembling a one-man show, … Continue reading Inside Juncker’s ambitious economic vision for a more integrated Europe