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Hans-Werner Sinn

Hans-Werner Sinn

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Hans-Werner Sinn, Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Munich, is a former president of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research and serves on the German economy ministry’s Advisory Council. He is the author, most recently, of The Euro Trap: On Bursting Bubbles, Budgets, and Beliefs (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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  1. Is Germany Sick Again?
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    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Nov 25, 2022 Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.

  2. The ECB Has Been Driving EU Inflation
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    The ECB Has Been Driving EU Inflation

    Sep 30, 2022 Hans-Werner Sinn explains how the European Central Bank has contributed to soaring prices, including for energy.

  3. The End of the EU’s Free Lunch
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    The End of the EU’s Free Lunch

    Aug 2, 2022 Hans-Werner Sinn shows why the European Central Bank can no longer finance member states’ debt without consequence.

  4. How Global Food Crises Work
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    How Global Food Crises Work

    May 30, 2022 Hans-Werner Sinn revisits the 2007 “tortilla crisis” for a preview of what rising grain prices will mean for the world.

  5. Germany’s Energy Fiasco
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    Germany’s Energy Fiasco

    Mar 28, 2022 Hans-Werner Sinn examines the policy mistakes that have left the country dangerously dependent on Russian gas.

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    The Economics of Mainstreaming Climate Action

    Jean Pisani-Ferry & Selma Mahfouz identify the risks and short-term costs associated with the energy transition over the next decade.
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    Killing Twitter

    Antara Haldar explains what Elon Musk fundamentally misunderstands about the platform – and about free speech.
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    The Napoleons of Big Tech

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    Recent events in the technology sector suggest that investors and lenders should be demanding a premium to cover the risk that a star entrepreneur will become an egomaniacal dictator. With each business cycle, it seems, old lessons must be relearned.

    sees in the industry’s harsh reckoning this year lessons that apparently can’t be learned often enough.
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    The Crypto Emperor’s New Clothes

    The collapse of several crypto platforms this year – including the spectacular crash of the second-largest cryptocurrency exchange, FTX – has raised fundamental questions about the credibility of a digital innovation once hailed as the key to democratizing finance. Has crypto finally been exposed as a scam, or will a new, stronger crypto industry emerge from the current turmoil?

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    The Climate Crisis Is Also a Health Crisis

    Seth Berkley & Werner Hoyer explain why global leaders must urgently introduce equitable pandemic-response mechanisms.
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    Rishi Sunak’s Daunting Challenge

    Chris Patten urges the UK prime minister to join the battle for the soul of the Conservative Party after a disastrous year.
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    Russia’s Financial Crisis Must Come Sooner

    Simon Johnson shows why a low price cap for the country’s crude exports would render the Kremlin’s war economy untenable.
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    QE with Chinese Characteristics?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng urge China to use monetary policy to tackle some of the biggest challenges it faces.
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    Why Europe and Latin America Need Each Other

    Josep Borrell urges European Union and Latin American leaders to revive momentum toward a long-overdue trade agreement.

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