The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA, www.iiea.com)
is Ireland’s leading think tank on European and International affairs
and is an independent, not-for-profit organisation with charitable
status. Its extensive research programme aims to provide its members
with high-level analysis and forecasts of the challenges on the global
and EU policy agendas which impact on Ireland. It acts as a catalyst for
new thinking, new solutions and policy options, which give its members
from the private and public sector a significant competitive advantage.
The IIEA provides a unique forum in Ireland for corporate networking. It
annually hosts over 100 events which afford its members unparalleled
access to the highest-level speakers, decision-makers, and
thought-leaders at national, EU and global level.
...At an EU level, the European Commission is due to publish anEU Climate Adaptation Strategy
in March 2013. It will build on the knowledge base developed since its
2009 White Paper on Adaptation. It will focus on addressing knowledge
gaps, climate-proofing EU policies, and on mobilising the private
sector to provide insurance products tailored to a changing climate. The
intention is to shift from understanding the hows, wheres and whys of climate adaptation to implementing actions that will make the EU increasingly climate resilient.
The latest CESifo DICE Report (2/2012) focuses on how the European labour markets in Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain have fared in the euro crisis. While Germany and the Netherlands have come through the crisis relatively well, the labour market situation in Estonia, Ireland and Spain has deteriorated considerably. France and Italy fall between these two poles.
Independent: GTA is co-ordinated by the Centre for Economic Policy Research, an independent academic and policy research think-tank based in London, UK. GTA draws upon expertise and analysis from 7 independent research institutions around the world.
Comprehensive: GTA complements and goes beyond the WTO and World Bank's monitoring initiatives by identifying those trading partners likely to be harmed by state measures.
Accessible: The GTA website allows policy-makers, exporters, the media, and analysts to search the posted government measures by implementing country, by trading partners harmed, and by sector...
The Centre for Economic Policy Research, founded in 1983, is a network of over 750 researchers based mainly in universities throughout Europe, who collaborate through the Centre in research and its dissemination. The Centre's goal is to promote research excellence and policy relevance in European economics. CEPR Research Fellows and Affiliates are based in over 237 different institutions in 28 countries (90% in the EU). Because it draws on such a large network of researchers, CEPR is able to produce a wide range of research which not only addresses key European policy issues, but also reflects a broad spectrum of individual viewpoints and perspectives. CEPR has made key contributions to a wide range of European and global policy issues for over two decades.
Watch Miriam Müthel, Assistant Professor at WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, explaining her solution proposal to enforce ethics and trust in society and business. Sustainable ethical behavior will help trust to develop. We are grateful that FutureChallenges conducted this interview at the GES 2011 in Kiel.
According to Miriam Müthel, ethical behavior is one of the building blocks of trust since it reflects consistency and values. Business leaders should not just be evaluated in terms of business goals and financial performance, but the way goals are achieved should also be taken into account and aligned with the values of the firm. To achieve this, values have to be made much more concrete.
The Brookings Institution will undertake unprecedented levels of research and analysis into metropolitan economies. Findings from the Initiative will serve as a platform for a series of joint forums, which will help promote the exchange of ideas and best practices for delivering jobs and development in cities at home and abroad. This work will provide U.S. metropolitan leaders with tangible ideas for how to expand their competitive position, building on policy and practice innovations from across the nation and around the world...
Established in 1978 The Group of Thirty is a private, nonprofit, international body composed of very senior representatives of the private and public sectors and academia.
The Group of Thirty aims to deepen understanding of international economic and financial issues, to explore the international repercussions of decisions taken in the public and private sectors, and to examine the choices available to market practitioners and policymakers.
Investors are anticipating the unravelling of the 21 July 2011 “solution” and a breakdown of the interbank-market that would throw the economy into an “immediate recession” like the one experienced after the Lehman bankruptcy. This column argues that this will happen without quick and bold action...
What needs to be done
At this point the Eurozone needs a massive infusion of liquidity. Given that the cascade structure of the EFSF is part of the problem, the solution cannot be a massive increase in its size. However, the EFSF could simply be registered as a bank and could then have access to unlimited re-financing by the ECB, which is the only institution which can provide the required liquidity quickly and in convincing quantity.
This solution would have the advantage that it leaves the management of public debt problems in the hand of the finance ministries, but it provides them with the liquidity backstop that is needed when there is a generalised breakdown of confidence and liquidity. This is exactly when a lender of last resort is most needed.
It would of course be much better if the ECB did not have to ‘bail out’ the European rescue mechanism, but in this case one has to choose between two evils. Even a massive increase in the ECB’s balance sheet (which if the US experience is any guide will not lead to inflation) constitutes a lesser evil compared to a breakdown of the Eurozone financial system.
Daniel Gros is the Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels. Originally from Germany, he attended university in Italy, where he obtained a Laurea in Economia e Commercio. He also studied in the United States, where he earned his M.A. and PhD (University of Chicago, 1984). He worked at the International Monetary Fund, in the European and Research Departments (1983-1986), then as an Economic Advisor to the Directorate General II of the European Commission (1988-1990). He has taught at the European College (Natolin) as well as at various universities across Europe, including the Catholic University of Leuven, the University of Frankfurt, the University of Basel, Bocconi University, the Kiel Institute of World Studies and the Central European University in Prague.
VoxEU.org is a policy portal set up by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (www.CEPR.org) in conjunction with a consortium of national sites. Vox aims to promote research-based policy analysis and commentary by leading scholars. The intended audience is economists in governments, international organisations, academia and the private sector as well as journalists specializing in economics, finance and business.
The number of think-tanks in Europe has more than quadrupled in recent years, and they have become more active and inventive at disseminating policy solutions to decision-makers. But they are at risk of turning into lobbyists as they face issues related to funding, autonomy and innovation...
In January 2009, Vox launched the Global Crisis Debate in partnership with the UK government’s own website devoted to what is sometimes called the G20 Summit that they are hosting on 2 April. The UK government is currently in the process of crafting the agenda for that summit – to be known as the London Summit. The partnership with Vox is helping them broaden the catchment area for economic thinking on the crisis beyond the usual suspects that dominate the main Western media outlets, the Financial Times, Economist magazine, and other major national papers. One of the contributions to Vox’s Global Crisis Debate is featured every day on the front page of UK government’s site www.LondonSummit.gov.uk. (see "Time to join the debate" link). See G20 website.