Publications

Our publications aim to provide in-depth information on issues that are at the forefront of the European agenda, including commentary, research, and policy recommendations.

LEAP produces policy briefs, working papers, five bullets and a monthly newsletter. All publications are available online.

Policy Briefs

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

C. Bastasin – Italians’ disenchantment with Europe: an internal problem?

Opinion surveys are unanimous in showing that Italians’ trust in the European Union has declined over the last thr...

October 5, 2023

F. Bontadini, V. Meliciani, M. Savona, R. Urbani, A. Wirkierman – European and Italian strategic dependencies for the twin transition: strengthening trade relationships with Africa

This policy brief shows Europe and Italy’s position in the green and digital value chains and identifies in which area...

September 26, 2023

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

This brief presents an analysis of Italian firms’ participation in tenders funded by the World Bank since 2000. We...

September 25, 2023

C. Bastasin: If Italy returns to the “zero sum” game

The recent downward revisions of the Italian economy’s expected growth present serious implications in terms of econom...

September 20, 2023

R. Perissich: How the political drive behind the Single Market can address Europe’s new challenges

The current debate on the difficulty that the EU is having in adapting its economy to the new global challenges inevitab...

August 28, 2023

M. Bik, G. Di Bartolomeo – Structural reforms and Italy’s potential output: A macroeconomic assessment

What would happen to Italy’s GDP if half a million public employees obtained a tertiary degree? If the costs of starti...

June 22, 2023

Working Papers

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

C. Bastasin: The Meloni government’s budgetary policy and the reform of European Economic Governance

The Meloni Government’s Draft Budgetary Law – based on the Update of the Economic and Finance Document (Nadef) ̵...

October 23, 2023

D. Guarascio, J. Reljic, R. Stöllinger – Artificial Intelligence and Employment: A Look into the Crystal Ball

This study provides evidence of the employment impact of AI exposure in European regions, addressing one of the many gap...

October 20, 2023

S. Caravella, F. Crespi, G. Cucignatto, D. Guarascio – Technological Sovereignty and Strategic Dependencies: The case of the Photovoltaic Supply Chain

This work sheds new light on the Photovoltaic Supply Chain (PVSC), providing fresh evidence on structural dependencies (...

October 5, 2023

P. Canofari, G. Di Bartolomeo, M. Messori: An effective policy mix for the EU’s post-pandemic challenges

The geopolitical and economic shocks, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, represent a structural shift ...

September 20, 2023

F. Bontadini, V. Meliciani, M. Savona, A. Wirkierman: Nearshoring, global value chains structure and volatility

Over the past few years, the debate on GVCs and their role in economic growth has gained significant traction with the e...

September 19, 2023

C. Bastasin: The EU must have more financial and political capacities if it wants to make space for Ukraine

On December 16, 2023, the European Council is expected to formally kick off the accession negotiations with Kyiv, follow...

July 25, 2023

Five Bullets

M. Messori: Loans or “gifts”? What the Italian economy needs from Europe

According to the recent Economic and Financial Document (DEF) drafted by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), in 2...

April 28, 2020

C. Bastasin: The rationale behind the Italian-German rift

• Acrimony among European states is harsher today than during the euro-crisis a decade ago, jeopardizing the integrity...

March 31, 2020

C. Bastasin: The EU budget’s bad start concerns the euro area as well

• February’s special Council meeting on the 2021-2027 EU budget ended without an agreement. When EU leaders left...

February 28, 2020

C. Bastasin: A Unique Opportunity for New Ideas on EU Fiscal Rules

• On February 5, the European Commission presented the outlines of its review of the euro-area’s fiscal rules. A sim...

February 7, 2020

C. Bastasin: Italy’s debt causes resistance to new “green” fiscal flexibility

• Brussels is about to start a debate on waivers for green investments from the EU’s budget-deficit rules. However, ...

February 5, 2020

C. Bastasin: ON THE EU COMMISSION’S HARD-NOSED LETTER TO ITALY

• In a strongly worded letter, EU Commissioners Valdis Dombrovskis and Pierre Moscovici have accused Italy of planning...

October 22, 2018

C. Bastasin: ITALY’S IS NOT A POPULIST GOVERNMENT

● Italy’s government is not just another populist government, more or less similar to the Greek, the British or even...

October 1, 2018

C. Bastasin: Regarding the Letter of the Eight Finance Ministers

● European ministers of finance discussed the future of the EMU on several occasions over the last couple of months. U...

March 13, 2018

M. Messori: ON THE LESSONS LEARNED FROM DEUTSCHE BANK

DEUTSCHE BANK’S DIFFICULTIES, which exploded due to a multi-billion dollar fine required by the U.S. Department of Jus...

October 4, 2016

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