Draghi Vs Germany: The ECB’s Head Needs To Win The Battle For Growth And The EU’s Survival

By Pedro Sousa Make no mistake: what is happening between the European Central Bank’s Mario Draghi and the German government is extremely significant for economic growth and wellbeing across the whole of Europe. Mario Draghi, the president of the ECB … Continue reading Draghi Vs Germany: The ECB’s Head Needs To Win The Battle For Growth And The EU’s Survival

“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 ?

Crisis or not?

By Pedro Sousa As we examine the state of the global economy, information suggests we are in an era of very limited growth. Larry Summers might be right in describing this as “secular stagnation“. Does this mean we are facing economic crisis in 2016? Maybe not, but the global economy is vulnerable. Nowadays, most OECD governments don’t have the financial muscle to kickstart their economies towards higher growth. Plus, as we have seen within the EU, there is a lack of political union to agree to put more money into the economy. Lack of economic governance is hindering the potential … Continue reading Crisis or not?

Crisis or not?

By Luisa Porritt Global growth disappointed last year, and market sentiment is being driven by fears it will remain weak or even weaken through 2016. The factors worrying stock market investors are hardly new. For years there has been talk of China suffering from a hard landing, and its transition from a manufacturing-based economy to one that is services oriented is now becoming apparent. Markets are figuring out how to price that shift in and to what extent this will continue to impact global demand. Part of the uncertainty will be around timing: how long will this process take? What … Continue reading Crisis or not?

#PolicyBlog: what does increasing tuition fees really mean for young people

POLICY FACT SERIES Dig deeper: what does increasing tuition fees really mean for young people English universities tripled their fees from £3,000 to £9,000 as of 2012, because the government opted to transfer the financial burden from public (state funds) … Continue reading #PolicyBlog: what does increasing tuition fees really mean for young people