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Addressing Economic Populism in Europe

December 8, 2015

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My latest global economic monthly looks at rising economic populism in Europe and how it constrains the capacity of policymakers to get a robust recovery going and deal with shocks. Some of the drivers of populism—on the left and right, in creditor and debtor countries—are cyclical but many including globalization, income inequality and insecurity are likely to be more persistent and resent a long-term threat to greater European integration. The strong showing of the National Front in last weekend’s French regional elections, Denmark’s referendum rejection of further EU integration, and Britain’s debate over its EU future are recent reminders of the fraying consensus on further integration, which has strong implications for economic cooperation. Easy money from the European Central Bank (ECB) can only do so much, and a broader policy response including a faster pace of economic integration and more flexible fiscal policies now are needed.

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