Summary of The EEAG Report on the European Economy 2014

The Road Towards Cohesion

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The EEAG Report on the European Economy 2014 summary
The euro area’s economic recovery is fragile, and it may require further austerity.


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Each year, eminent economists with the European Economic Advisory Group of CESifo, a European research institution, gauge the fiscal and monetary well being of the euro zone as it slowly attempts to grow into a single, fully unified entity. Their analysis of 2013 compared to 2012, published in February 2014, details the region’s year-over-year economic circumstances, as well as its needs for further reforms. In particular, developing a single banking system for the euro zone remains problematic. The report examines the results of austerity since the sovereign debt crisis and proposes that Switzerland might provide a good model from political and economic unity. Policy makers and finance professionals who need a detailed précis on how the European economic situation evolved in 2013 will find this report valuable. Its only downside may be a tendency to equivocate, a common characteristic of economists – even more so, perhaps, when six of them collaborate on a compendium about a very fluid situation. Nevertheless, getAbstract recommends this comprehensive report for its trenchant, useful insights.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How six leading economists view the euro area’s recovery
  • Why Switzerland may be a role model for EU governance
  • What pros and cons a euro-area banking union presents


On the Upswing
Europe’s overall economy improved in 2013, bolstered by the US- and UK-led global rebound. Concerns about the euro, the euro zone’s debt and the European banking system have abated for now, but EU leaders must maintain their efforts at budgetary and regulatory restraint ...
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About the Author

The European Economic Advisory Group consists of economists Giuseppe Bertola, EDHEC Business School; John Driffill, Birkbeck College; Harold James, Princeton University; Hans-Werner Sinn, CESifo Group president; Jan-Egbert Sturm, KOF Swiss Economic Institute; and EEAG chairman Ákos Valentinyi, Cardiff Business School.

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