A European Future

WEEKLY COMMENT 24-08-2017

By Barry Edwards

A European Future

The European Union’s web based network EUROACTIV reported this week that German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble is working on a proposal that would allow southern Eurozone countries to tap into the single currency bloc’s bailout fund to boost investments during recessions. The plan would mark a major change of policy for Schäuble who had until recently always opposed transfers from richer Eurozone countries to poorer members like Greece. read more

Government Stimulus

WEEKLY COMMENT 17-08-2017

By Barry Edwards

Government Stimulus

The fog is slowly beginning to lift on the process of Brexit as the British government is gradually releasing papers explaining the approach they would like to take. It appears that a transition period is now generally accepted as a necessity to manage the trading relationship that will eventually transpire. Companies throughout Europe are starting to influence the politicians to accept that it is in their interests and the EU economy to prevent sudden disruption when the UK officially leaves the EU. read more

Financing Investment

WEEKLY COMMENT 10-08-2017

By Barry Edwards

Financing Investment

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) Commission on Economic Justice has recently published a discussion paper entitled ‘Financing Investment, Reforming finance markets for the long-term’.  The IPPR is a landmark initiative to rethink economic policy for post-Brexit Britain. Launched in November 2016, the Commission brings together leading figures from across society – from business and trade unions, civil society organisations and academia – to examine the challenges facing the UK economy and make practical recommendations for reform. If you click on the link below you can read the paper, it is 35 pages of script and it is well worth reading; read more