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The 500 Euro banknote nightmare

The 500 Euro banknote nightmare
Veronique Cimina

Veronique Cimina

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Veronique is a recently Master’s graduate in EU Law at Leiden University, Netherlands, with a thesis in Competition Law and specific research on EU migration law and its current crisis. Veronique obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome, with a thesis on the Responsibility to Protect and its failure to be truly effective in humanitarian crisis. Currently, she is a legal assistant in national Tax and Compliance law in Rome. She is interested in European law and governance, politics and international relations. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading, and listening to music.
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Last February, the European Commission enquired on the way European banknotes are used. It followed that Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, motivated the decision of ending the production of the €500 Euro banknotes by 2018 with the concern that these could foster illegal activities over Europe. Studies have shown that the use […]

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Policy dead-end: Central Banks’ continued use of DSGE Models

Policy dead-end: Central Banks’ continued use of DSGE Models
André Breedt

André Breedt

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
André is currently pursuing a PhD in economics at the Sorbonne in Paris. His research centres around the development of econophysics for economic analysis, and applied use in financial markets. He completed Masters of Philosophy and Science, both in economics, also from the Sorbonne. He has previously worked, amongst others, at the United Nations and Deutsche Bank, and holds an undergraduate degree in law from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
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The DSGE model has been the workhorse of central banks since the early 1980’s and has suffered from abundant and scathing critique: Olivier Blanchard argues that DSGE models are “seriously flawed” and Paul Romer – a doyen of the neo-classical economic fraternity – accuses these macroeconomic models of “attribute[ing] fluctuations in aggregate variables to imaginary […]

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Governments don’t propose, markets dispose

Governments don’t propose, markets dispose
Francesca Coppola

Francesca Coppola

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
After graduating from Università Cattolica in Milan, Francesca attended a MSc in Political Economy of Europe at the London School of Economics and she is now about to obtain her Master degree in International Economic Policy from Sciences Po Paris. Before her internship at Politheor, she interned at the Representation of the European Commission in the UK. Her main research interests include the International Monetary System, Financial Regulation and European Governance.
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The crisis ended the myth. Financial markets need to be re-regulated, taking on their same global perspective. But are we really moving in that direction? “The economic phenomena that are driving angry voters to populists are not simply the inevitable results of dark forces of globalisation but owe at least as much to choices by national […]

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The challenge of integrating refugees into host countries’ labour markets

The challenge of integrating refugees into host countries’ labour markets
Andriana Foulidou

Andriana Foulidou

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Andriana is a graduate of Law School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, working at the moment as a lawyer in Thessaloniki, Greece. After her graduation, she successfully attended both the LLM programme in Public Law and Political Science of Law School and the MSc programme in Political Analysis of School of Political Sciences of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has also served as a board member of the Association of Trainee Lawyers of Thessaloniki (2012-2014) and of the Union of Trainee and Young Lawyers of Thessaloniki (2014-2016).
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In analysing the socio-economic impact of this enormous inflow of persons seeking asylum in the EU, the process of integration has emerged as a key factor, which is essential for achieving the desirable level of economic growth and social stability. This means that the overall impact of the refugee crisis on European societies will be […]

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To ‘Europeanize’ Islamic Education

To 'Europeanize' Islamic Education
Izza Tahir

Izza Tahir

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Izza Tahir is a Master of Public Policy graduate from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has worked as a policy analyst with the Government of Ontario in Canada as well as the Government of Pakistan. Her research interests include governance reform, health policy, and the politics and policy of education reform in developing countries.
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The Muslim population of Europe is between 9 and 15 million, having risen steadily since the 1990s due to increased migration and more recently, the influx of refugees from Muslim-majority countries. In response, European policymakers, cognizant of Muslim traditions requiring children to be schooled in basic Islamic tenets and the Arabic language, have been introducing […]

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European solidarity corps: An IKEA guide to social cohesion

European solidarity corps: An IKEA guide to social cohesion
Hanne Cokelaere

Hanne Cokelaere

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a news- and EU enthusiast who, after one year working in EU communication, has started a postgraduate programme in international investigative journalism. I am currently interning as an editorial researcher in POLITICO Europe’s newsroom in Brussels.
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The word solidarity appears 16 times in the European treaties – we know because President Juncker counted. The Commission President mentioned the impressive word count in his State of the Union address to justify the establishment of a European Solidarity Corps. The scheme would see the EU’s youth spring to aid anywhere in Europe when […]

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Waltraud Schelkle: “Eurozone must build risk-sharing mechanisms”

Waltraud Schelkle: "Eurozone must build risk-sharing mechanisms"
Francesca Coppola

Francesca Coppola

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
After graduating from Università Cattolica in Milan, Francesca attended a MSc in Political Economy of Europe at the London School of Economics and she is now about to obtain her Master degree in International Economic Policy from Sciences Po Paris. Before her internship at Politheor, she interned at the Representation of the European Commission in the UK. Her main research interests include the International Monetary System, Financial Regulation and European Governance.
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WS: I find it impossible to make such a statement. There are so many scenarios, that there is no basis on which one can compute the cost of keeping the Euro area together and compare it to the cost of breaking it up. Besides, there is an interest in keeping the present system: even when […]

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European Pillar of Social Rights: a blunt weapon in the fight for citizens’ hearts

European Pillar of Social Rights: a blunt weapon in the fight for citizens’ hearts
Hanne Cokelaere

Hanne Cokelaere

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a news- and EU enthusiast who, after one year working in EU communication, has started a postgraduate programme in international investigative journalism. I am currently interning as an editorial researcher in POLITICO Europe’s newsroom in Brussels.
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Damned if they do and damned if they don’t – the catch 22 of a European social policy The outcome of the Brexit vote that saw a small majority of voting Britons reject EU membership has made a re-evaluation inevitable. The country’s willingness to vote alone had leaders across the EU calling for a fresh […]

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Brave New Euro

Brave New Euro
Cedric Algoed

Cedric Algoed

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
Cedric Algoed holds an MA in Economics from the University of Ghent. He is currently enrolled in an LLM in Law and Politics of International Security at the VU Amsterdam. He focuses on civil war, the political economy of conflict and rebel governance.
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Many economists weighed in on the persistently sluggish economic performances of European countries. On August 16, Nobel Prize winner Josef Stiglitz released his new book The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe. Yes, the title is misleading. Stiglitz argues that economic integration outpaced political integration. Barring an institutional overhaul, it could […]

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When wage competition outcompetes the single European market

When wage competition outcompetes the single European market
Hanne Cokelaere

Hanne Cokelaere

Policy Researcher at Politheor: European Policy Network
I am a news- and EU enthusiast who, after one year working in EU communication, has started a postgraduate programme in international investigative journalism. I am currently interning as an editorial researcher in POLITICO Europe’s newsroom in Brussels.
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“The same rules on remuneration, for the same work, at the same location,” Commissioner Thyssen summarized her proposal to extend mandatory remuneration rules in host countries to include posted workers. Today EU law guarantees them no more than the minimum wage. As a consequence, they might very well get less money for the exact same […]

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