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Marcel Fratzscher

Marcel Fratzscher

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Marcel Fratzscher, a former senior manager at the European Central Bank, is President of the think tank DIW Berlin and Professor of Macroeconomics and Finance at Humboldt University of Berlin.

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  1. Is France’s Economy Now Stronger than Germany’s?
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    Is France’s Economy Now Stronger than Germany’s?

    Dec 21, 2023 Marcel Fratzscher urges the EU’s leading economies to focus on their similarities rather than their differences.

  2. Germany’s Debt Brake Is Breaking Its Economy
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    Germany’s Debt Brake Is Breaking Its Economy

    Nov 28, 2023 Marcel Fratzscher warns that a flawed constitutional rule is undermining the country’s ability to pursue essential reforms.

  3. The EU Must Break the Brexit Deadlock
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    The EU Must Break the Brexit Deadlock

    Dec 8, 2020 Marcel Fratzscher thinks that a no-deal scenario would impose high long-term economic and geopolitical costs on Europe.

  4. Taking the German Constitutional Court Seriously
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    Taking the German Constitutional Court Seriously

    May 12, 2020 Marcel Fratzscher views the court's recent ruling against the European Central Bank as a flawed but necessary wake-up call.

  5. The ECB Needs a New Mandate
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    The ECB Needs a New Mandate

    Dec 6, 2019 Marcel Fratzscher urges the European Central Bank to broaden its definition of price stability – but only after shoring up its credibility.

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    Diplomacy Could Help Revive Democracy in Venezuela

    Roberto Patiño urges the international community to help ensure a free and fair presidential election in July.
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    The Specter of Neo-Fascism Is Haunting Europe

    Slavoj Žižek

    With mainstream parties and politicians already preparing to accommodate the far right following this month's European Parliament election, the axiom of post-World War II European democracy has been quietly abandoned. “No collaboration with fascists" is being replaced by a tacit acceptance of them.

    harbors no illusions about what the outcome of the European Parliament election means.
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    Can Private Hospitals Increase Access to Health Care in Developing Countries?

    Titir Bhattacharya & Tanika Chakraborty show how innovative insurance schemes can help low- and middle-income economies achieve universal coverage.
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    Tracking Ukraine’s Reconstruction Funds

    Wolfgang Fengler & Vladyslav Rashkovan show how digital tools can streamline the process, improve transparency, and provide accountability.
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    Slovakia’s Anti-Democratic Government Is Doubling Down

    Soňa Muzikárová warns that the assassination attempt in May has led the government to double down on illiberal reforms.
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    D-Day and the Threat of Total War

    Robert Skidelsky

    After eight decades of relative peace, the world is once again dividing into hostile economic and geopolitical blocs. The 80th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the principles we are willing to defend and the sacrifices we are prepared to make.

    thinks understanding the causes and consequences of past global conflicts is crucial to preventing another one.
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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

    Maurice Obstfeld worries that a little-known, highly costly method of deficit reduction is gaining political traction.
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    Europe’s Green Transition Requires More Skilled Workers

    Julie Beaufils urges policymakers to boost the attractiveness of technical vocations by expanding access to apprenticeships.
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    A Monetary and Economic Order Fit for the Twenty-First Century

    Ulrich Volz, et al. identify eight priorities to build a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable global financial architecture.

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