euro Archive

  • Europe gives Scotland another chance

    Interesting that the EU referendum on 23 June gives a new lease of life to the case for Scottish independence. It was Europe that was the cause of its failure two years ago. As the argument for Scottish independence developed in recent decades, it slowly […]

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  • Would an independent Scotland keep the pound?

    Alex Salmond used to be a strong advocate of joining the euro.  Back in the days when many people thought it was a good idea, Mr Salmond was one of the foremost proponents of the idea.  It was an economically advantageous move that would cement […]

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  • The eurozone is out of recession

    A notable claim in the article by Wolfgang Schäuble last week, that the eurozone is on the road to recovery, was that the eurozone is now of out recession.  This one of those statements that is true but meaningless. The fundamental problem to be solved […]

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  • Europe’s future is a federalist one

    The Federal Trust has launched a pamphlet by Alan Lamond, a former senior UN official specializing in trade matters, entitled “The Eurozone’s Path to a Federalist Future“. In it, the author argues that the future of European monetary union is and can only be a […]

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  • Why the European Union needs to be saved – Federal Union AGM (10 September 2013)

    The Federal Union AGM will be held in London on Tuesday 10 September 2013. Guest speaker will be Professor Stephen Haseler, Professor of Government at London Metropolitan University and Director of the Global Policy Institute.  He will speak about the importance of a successful European […]

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  • How the euro protects its members

    Previous blogposts (here and here) have written approvingly of the trend to include more foreign-produced value added in a country’s exports.  What this means is that the components and parts in a finished product (which includes contributions to a product’s value such as design and […]

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  • The forthcoming referendum in Scotland

    David Cameron and Alex Salmond agreed earlier this month the terms for the referendum on Scottish independence to be held in the autumn of 2014.  Federal Union has been asked what it thinks. It would be outside the scope of this website to take view […]

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  • How much fiscal integration does a stable Eurozone need? (29 November 2012)

    How much fiscal integration does a stable Eurozone need? (29 November 2012)

    A LSE European Institute – APCO Worldwide Perspectives on Europe panel discussion on ‘How much fiscal integration does a stable Eurozone need?’ on Thursday 29 November. Panelists: · Clemens Fuest is Research Director of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and Professor of Business […]

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  • The power of the markets

    It is 20 years ago that the UK fell out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism, an important anniversary for both pro-Europeans and their opponents. The opponents of course claim that the failure of the ERM shows that fixed exchange rates between countries are a bad […]

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  • Taking into account human nature

    A discussion last night lamenting what had happened to the euro with professional colleagues from some other European countries (these are people with no particular connection with the pro-European case). “A nice vision,” they said, “but it hasn’t been done well.  These problems should have […]

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