The duration of the Greek crisis and the harshness of the series of austerity plans that have been imposed on it to straighten out its public finances and put it in a position to meet its obligations to its creditors have upset European public opinion and attracted great comment. The hard-fought agreement reached on Monday 13 July at the summit of the euro zone heads of state and government, along with the demands made prior to the Greek referendum on 5 July, which were rejected by a majority of voters, contain conditions that are so unusual and so contrary to State sovereignty as we are used to conceiving of it that they shocked many of Europeâ€™s citizens and strengthened the arguments of eurosceptics, who see all this as proof that European governance is being exercised contrary to democracy.
There is still a lot of uncertainty around the possible paths that Greece can follow in the near feature. One possible path, which may be still averted by the current negotiation, is that Greece will default on the upcoming debt obligations (see graphics hereÂ for a detailed list of the upcoming Greek debt deadlines), thus spiraling into a currency and credit crisis and possibly resulting in a â€śGrexitâ€ť.
The Greek debt crisis shares some similarity with the Latin American debt crisis of the 1990s and early 2000s. In both Greece and Latin America, debts are mostly bond debts or debts to international institutions. Similarly to Greece, many Latin American countries had become more and more open in the decades before the crisis. The series of financial crises started with Mexicoâ€™s December 1994 collapse. It was followed by Argentinaâ€™s $95 billion default (the largest in history at that time, although later on Argentina resumed some of the payments), Brazilâ€™s financial crisis (1998-2002) and Uruguayâ€™s default (2002). suite…»
The ongoing Greek saga is looking more and more like an old American TV series. JR Ewing returns to the family table feeling upset with Sue Ellen for her failure to keep her promise to stop drinking. Given the way things are going, a divorce seems inevitable, especially if Bobby sides with his brother and refuses to help his sister-in-law any longer.
Just like in Dallas, addiction to a potentially toxic substance, public debt, is plaguing Europeâ€™s states and institutions. Analyses on Greece focus mainly on debt-to-GDP ratios. On these terms, Greeceâ€™s public debt-to-GDP ratio rose from 2011 to 2014: European public opinion can therefore legitimately question the ability of the Greek people (really the Greek state) to curb spending and raise taxes. A divorce is inevitable. But if we look at the amounts involved, the situation seems somewhat different. suite…»
byÂ HĂ©lĂ¨ne PĂ©rivierÂ OFCE-PRESAGE
The recent study published by France Strategy on the sharing of the costs of children after a separation has caused a stir (see in particular Dare feminism, Abandoning the family, as well as SOS Papa [all in French]). The study analyses the changes in the standard of living of both the former spouses, taking into account the interaction between the indicative scale for child support and the tax-benefit system. This approach is stimulating, as it endeavours to see whether the redistribution effected through the welfare state fairly and equitably deals with the costs of the child borne by each former spouse. suite…»
What is a Left economics? In an opinion column published in the newspaper LibĂ©ration on 9 June 2015 (â€śla concurrence peut servir la gaucheâ€ťÂ ["Competition can serve the Left"], Jean Tirole and Etienne Wasmer reply that to be progressive means “sharing a set of values and distributional objectives”. But, as Brigitte Dormont, Marc Fleurbaey and Alain Trannoy meaningfully remark (â€śNon, le marchĂ© nâ€™est pas lâ€™ennemi de la gaucheâ€ťÂ ["No, the market is not the enemy of the Left"]) in LibĂ©ration on 11 June 2015, reducing progressive politics to the redistribution of income leaves something out. suite…»
OFCE Analysis and Forecasting Department
The unemployment data for the month of May once again show a rise in the number of job seekers registering at the PĂ´le Emploi job centre in Class A, up 16,200. Although this is certainly fewer than in April (26,200), it still leaves no glimpse on the horizon of a reversal in the unemployment curve. This continuous increase in unemployment, despite some initial shoots of recovery, is not surprising. The renewed GDP growth in the first quarter (+0.6% according to the detailed accounts published by the INSEE Thursday morning) has yet to have an impact on employment, which has stagnated. For the moment, companies are taking advantage of the pick-up in activity to absorb the excess labour they inherited from the crisis (in English see the post introducing this study). Only once the recovery has proved to be sustainable will an increase in employment translate into a reduction in unemployment. The time it takes employment to adjust to economic activity, i.e. about three quarters, does not point towards a turnaround in the labour market in the short term. suite…»
â€¦ La mĂŞme nuit que la nuit dâ€™avant Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â [â€¦The same night as the night before
Les mĂŞmes endroits deux fois trop grandsÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The same places, twice too big
Tâ€™avances comme dans des couloirsÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â You walk through the corridors
Tu tâ€™arranges pour Ă©viter les miroirsÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â You try to avoid the mirrors
Mais Ă§a continue encore et encoreÂ â€¦Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â But it just goes on and onâ€¦]
Just hours before an exceptional EU summit on Greece, an agreement could be signed that would lead to a deal on the second bail-out package for Greece, releasing the final tranche of 7.2 billion euros. Greece could then meet its deadlines in late June with the IMF (1.6 billion euros) as well as those in July and August with the ECB (6.6 billion euros) and again with the IMF (0.45 billion euros). At the end of August, Greeceâ€™s debt to the IMF could rise by almost 1.5 billion euros, as the IMF is contributing 3.5 billion euros to the 7.2 billion euro tranche.
Greece has to repay a total of 8.6 billion euros by September, and nearly 12 billion by the end of the year, which means funding needs that exceed the 7.2 billion euros covered by the negotiations with the Brussels Group (i.e. the ex-Troika). To deal with this, the Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF) could be used, to the tune of about 10 billion euros, but it will no longer be available for recapitalizing the banks. suite…»
This text draws on the special study, Ă‰quations dâ€™investissementÂ : une comparaison internationale dans la criseÂ [Investment equationsÂ : an international comparison during the crisis], which accompanies the 2015-2016 Forecast for the euro zone and the rest of the world.
The collapse in growth following the subprime crisis in late 2008 resulted in a decline in corporate investment, the largest since World War II in the advanced economies. The stimulus packages and accommodative monetary policies implemented in 2009-2010 nevertheless managed to halt the collapse in demand, and corporate investment rebounded significantly in every country up to the end of 2011. But since 2011 investment has followed varied trajectories in the different countries, as can be seen in the differences between, on the one hand, the United States and the United Kingdom, and on the other the euro zone countries, Italy and Spain in particular. At end 2014, business investment was still 27% below its pre-crisis peak in Italy, 23% down in Spain, 7% in France and 3% in Germany. In the US and the UK, business investment was 7% and 5% higher than the pre-crisis peaks (Figure). suite…»
The newspapers have been full of the Greek drama since Syrizaâ€™s election to power on 25 January 2015. Caught in the noose of its loans, Greeceâ€™s government is defending its position by threatening to leave the euro zone. The situation today is at an impasse, and the countryâ€™s economy is collapsing. As bank deposits flee and uncertainty mounts about the times ahead and the measures to come, no-one is really able to think about the future.
Europeans, for their part, are wondering what has led to this state of affairs. There has been a diagnosis of Institutional incompleteness, with proposals to reinforce the construction of the euro zone. But what is emerging is not up to the challenges facing Europe. suite…»
The British election has reignited the debate on the free movement of EU citizens within the Community. The fact that in less than 10 years the number of people originating from Central and Eastern Europe (mainly Bulgaria and Romania) has increased tenfold in the UK, rising, according to Eurostat, from 76,000 in 2004 to 800,000 in 2013, is undeniably behind this new unease around intra-European migration.
Further fuelling this debate over permanent migration is the issue of the free movement of seconded workers who travel to take up jobs in a country other than their country of residence with no justification other than the possibility of reducing labour costs by avoiding paying social security contributions in the host country. suite…»