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Policy Briefs

C. Bastasin: Germany’s economic weakness may help strengthen the European Union

Germany’s economic weakness, highlighted by the recession in 2023 and the uncertain outlook for the current year, ...

January 30, 2024

R. Perissich: How should Europe prepare for a second Trump term (and hope it will not happen)

It has already been a front-page subject for many months. It is now becoming an obsession. The subject is the upcoming U...

January 25, 2024

C. Bastasin: Inflation, inequality and divergence in electoral year 2024

In past years, I tried on several occasions and through various publications to highlight the importance of a conceptual...

January 22, 2024

C. Bastasin – Conceptually flawed and politically risky after the transitory period: The new proposed European economic governance reform

If governments were angels, we would not need rules. However, in an imperfect world even rules cannot be perfect. In thi...

December 31, 2023

L. Panella: The Cost of non-Europe

In June 2024, millions of citizens will participate in shaping the future of European democracy and its political priori...

December 13, 2023

C. Bastasin: Cambiare il freno al debito tedesco?

In queste pagine, mostreremo la perdita di credibilità della norma costituzionale sul freno all’indebitamento che la ...

December 4, 2023

L. Moretti, D. Di Carlo – Italy: Banking on the wrong tax

On August 7, Italy’s right-wing Government led by Giorgia Meloni announced a controversial windfall tax on the alleged...

November 20, 2023

C. Bastasin: Le conseguenze europee della sentenza della Corte costituzionale tedesca

Con una sentenza pronunciata il 15 novembre scorso, il secondo Senato della Corte costituzionale federale tedesca ha dic...

November 19, 2023

C. Bastasin – New wine in an old bottle: an update on the revision of EU fiscal rules

In the next two meetings, on November 9 and December 8, Ecofin (The council of the finance ministers of the EU countries...

October 30, 2023

Working Papers

C. Bastasin – Tecnologia Usa e mercati europei: che cosa succede alla Germania

Le difficoltà economiche della Germania hanno implicazioni rilevanti per l’assetto globale europeo. In questo studio,...

February 28, 2024

P. Guerrieri, P. C. Padoan – “European competitiveness and strategic autonomy”: The European Union and the double challenge

The European Commission released its latest package of economic security measures at the end of January 2024. It include...

February 28, 2024

A. Fabrizi, M. Gentile, G. Guarini, V. Meliciani: The impact of environmental regulation on innovation and international competitiveness

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the impact of environmental regulation on innovation and international competiti...

February 5, 2024

C. De Vincenti: Entry Deterrence, Macroeconomic Equilibria and Pro-Competitive policies

This paper presents a macroeconomic model that is microfounded on an industrial structure characterized by an oligopolis...

January 25, 2024

V. Meliciani, G. Terzo – Public welfare spending and cross-country economic disparities in the European Union: Panel evidence for the period 2000-2021

The aim of this paper is to investigate the role of public welfare spending in supporting economic well-being in the Eur...

January 22, 2024

L. Monti – Anche in Italia arriva la sfida europea dello Youth-check: una opportunità o l’ennesima occasione sprecata?

Sta per diventare realtà anche in Italia lo strumento che a Bruxelles viene denominato lo Youth Test/Check e che trova ...

January 19, 2024

C. Bastasin: Il ruolo centrale dell’Europa nella sicurezza economica mondiale

Può l’Unione europea diventare il “panottico” della sicurezza economica mondiale? Può cioè accentuare il propri...

November 27, 2023

M. Goos, M. Savona – The governance of artificial intelligence: Harnessing opportunities and mitigating challenges

The OECD defines an AI (Artificial Intelligence) system as “a machine-based system that can influence the environment ...

November 23, 2023

D. Di Carlo, A. Hassel, M. Höpner – Germany’s coordinated policy response to the energy crisis: shielding the export-led model at all costs

The German government has taken decisive actions in response to the dual economic shocks linked to the Covid-19 pandemic...

November 20, 2023

Five Bullets

C. Bastasin: The war in Ukraine, fiscal rules, and the European elections

On February 26, 2024, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner proposed a moratorium on welfare spending and subsidies ...

February 29, 2024

C. Bastasin: An update on EU enlargement to include Ukraine

Next December, the EU Council is expected to announce the formal start of the accession process of Ukraine and Moldova t...

November 6, 2023

V. Meliciani, L. Policino, R. Urbani: Procurement of multilateral banks in Europe: specificities of the Italian model and policy implications

Securing World Bank procurement contracts can enhance a company’s growth perspectives due to market diversification, i...

September 19, 2023

C. Bastasin: Regole europee, la tentazione del mancato accordo

Dopo aver avviato il processo di riforma della governance economica europea nel 2020, la Commissione europea ha proposto...

April 19, 2023

C. Bastasin: Too much complacency in Europe for the US mid-term vote

1) The mid-term elections in the US were met with relief in Europe. Europeans see, in view of the 2024 presidential elec...

November 16, 2022

F. Bontadini, V. Meliciani, M. Savona, A. Wirkeirman: Nearshoring and Farsharing in Europe within the Global Economy

• The term “nearshoring” has gained significant interest in recent years, though a clear definition is still lacki...

September 27, 2022

C. Bastasin: Italy’s political uncertainty in 2023

In less than a year, the elections for the renewal of Italy’s Chambers will take place. Uncertainty is growing about t...

June 1, 2022

C. Bastasin: The reasons behind Scholz’s strong performance

• The strong performance by the Social Democratic Party (SPD) is related to the electorate’s change of heart coincid...

September 28, 2021

C. Bastasin: Can conditionality and dialogue really walk hand in hand?

After the Coronavirus hit the European population and sent the economy into hibernation, EU institutions reacted –...

July 27, 2020


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