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April 29, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa’s ‘Leaders for Life’

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to many of the world’s longest-ruling heads of state, but civil society and regional blocs may be slowing the trend of extending presidential terms in some areas.

A taxi passes an electoral poster for Cameroonian President Paul Biya in a market in Yaounde.

October 29, 2014

United States
Alan Greenspan on Central Banks, Stagnation, and Gold

Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, joins Gillian Tett, U.S. managing editor at the Financial Times, to discuss current trends in the global econo…

November 28, 2011

Infrastructure
Central Banking in an Age of Improvisation

Experts discuss policy steps taken by central banks in the United States, Brazil, and Europe, and analyze the challenges ahead.

November 28, 2011

Infrastructure
Central Banking in an Age of Improvisation

Experts discuss policy steps taken by central banks in the United States, Brazil, and Europe, and analyze the challenges ahead. This meeting is part of the McKinsey Executive Roundtable series in …

November 3, 2014

Europe and Eurasia
The ECB Fails to Stress Banks Over the One Critical Variable It Controls: Inflation

Relentlessly falling inflation is bad news for Eurozone banks.  It increases the real (inflation-adjusted) value of borrower debt and the real cost of servicing that debt.  It causes loan defaults…

The ECB Fails to Stress Banks Over the One Critical Variable It Controls: Inflation

April 16, 2014

Europe and Eurasia
Should the ECB Go on a Bund Buying Spree?

Should the European Central Bank finally join the Fed, the Bank of England, and the Bank of Japan and deliver a good, stiff dose of Quantitative Easing? Maybe, came the surprise response from the…

Should the ECB Go on a Bund Buying Spree?

April 9, 2015

Financial Markets
CFR Central Bank Currency Swap Interactive

Central bank currency swaps are becoming the new cross-border tool of choice in financial crisis management.  This interactive explores the rapid growth of currency swaps since 2007 and its implicati…

Central Bank Currency Swaps Since the Financial Crisis

May 20, 2011

Europe and Eurasia
Is the ECB Draining its own Powers?

Back in 2000, the European Central Bank’s first president, Wim Duisenberg, explained how he knew the Bank’s operational framework for implementing monetary policy was working well.  It was, he said…

Is the ECB Draining its own Powers?

October 19, 2012

Hungary
Europe from a Central European Perspective

Hungarian foreign minister János Martonyi discusses the current state of affairs in Europe from the Hungarian perspective.

November 4, 2011

Europe
ECB Limitations in Addressing Eurozone Crisis

CFR’s Benn Steil discusses the ECB’s role and limitations in mitigating the eurozone debt crisis.