• The 500 Euro banknote nightmare

    The 500 Euro banknote nightmare5

    On May 4th 2016, the European Central Bank has decided to permanently end the production of the €500 banknote by the end of 2018. On the other hand, the circulating €500 banknotes will still remain legal tender and retain their value even after 2018. What’s behind such decision and what are the consequences for the European citizens? Is it feasible for us to have a €500 banknote in our wallet and exchange it within the European Monetary Union? Well, it might depend…

  • Time to say goodbye to the SGP?

    Time to say goodbye to the SGP?1

    The Stability and Growth Pact was designed to ensure sound budgetary balances and low public debts in the European Union, ultimately achieving fiscal policy coordination. 18 years after its inception, overburdened by an opaque and intricate web of flexibility clauses, the Pact is de facto dead. Could this be the opportunity to rethink European fiscal governance?