The Sound of Economics

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The Sound of Economics brings you insights, debates, and research-based discussions on economic policy in Europe and beyond.

The podcast is produced by Bruegel, an independent and non-doctrinal think tank based in Brussels. It seeks to contribute to European and global economic policy-making through open, fact-based, and policy-relevant research, analysis, and debate.

The Sound of Economics is also part of EuroPod, a network of European podcast shows which brings together journalistic, cultural and institutional views on political and societal trends in Europe and beyond.

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286 episodes

Democracy does not die with a bang but a whimper

* Authoritarianism is becoming increasingly normalised in the 21st century. As anti-democratic movements take root globally in a wide range of demographic and socioeconomic groups, democracy is constantly under threat. In many countries, democratically elected autocratic movements threaten to erode the foundations of the systems they work within, aiming to sow division while offering no real change. Will this be the final retreat of global democracy? * In this episode of the Sound of Economics, Giuseppe Porcaro invites Pranab Bardhan who is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and Heather Grabbe who is a senior adviser to the Open Society Foundations, to discuss democratic backsliding in the world, its economic underpinnings and what can be done to combat these challenges. 

40m
Nov 30
Reflections on COP27

*  In this episode of the Sound of Economics Live, Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/node/112/speaker/nojs?event=8508 invites John Murton https://www.bruegel.org/node/8510/speaker/nojs?event=8508, Johanna Nyman https://www.bruegel.org/node/941/speaker/nojs?event=8508 and Simone Tagliapietra https://www.bruegel.org/node/151/speaker/nojs?event=8508 look at what was said and decided at this year's COP27 in Egypt. What are the preliminary impressions? Are we delivering on the Paris Agreement and how efficient is COP in getting there? They discuss these and more questions while unpacking the meeting.  

42m
Nov 23
Is the EU fiscal rules reform going in the right direction?

* On 9 November, the European Commission presented its long-awaited proposal for a reformed EU economic governance framework. The proposal intends to focus on medium-term risks to debt sustainability and to allow flexibility to boost growth and investments and move away from yearly micro-management of unobservable public finance variables. Maria Demertzis https://www.bruegel.org/people/maria-demertzis invites Jeromin Zettelmeyer https://www.bruegel.org/people/jeromin-zettelmeyer, Grégory Claeys https://www.bruegel.org/people/gregory-claeys and Zsolt Darvas https://www.bruegel.org/people/zsolt-darvas to share their views on the reform proposal.

50m
Nov 22
Lessons from China’s Semiconductor Technology Push

* From cars and phones to satellite technology, semiconductors play a key role in many of our modern utilities and consumer goods. As such, semiconductors are China’s main import item and an essential component of a lot of its exports. Since the US push to restrict this trade, China has been investing heavily on its semiconductor industry, to reduce their dependence on the rest of the world. In this episode of The Sound of Economics, Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/people/giuseppe-porcaro is joined by Bruegel’s Alicia García-Herrero https://www.bruegel.org/people/alicia-garcia-herrero and Jason Hsu https://www.bruegel.org/people/jason-hsu, a Senior Research Fellow at The Ash Centre for Democratic Governance and Innovation Harvard Kennedy School, to discuss China’s semiconductor policies, as well as its implications and lessons for Taiwan and the rest of the world.    This episode is part of the ZhōngHuá Mundus series of The Sound of Economics. ZhōngHuá Mundus is a newsletter by Bruegel, bringing you monthly analysis of China in the world, as seen from Europe. Sign up now https://bruegel.secure.force.com/events/UpdateAcc?sf=1&s4=1 to receive it in your mailbox!

37m
Nov 16
Changing labour markets, changing social protection

* Social protection is the mechanism that addresses amongst other issues, poverty reduction, education, health, social inclusion, and empowerment. In the United States and in Europe social protections were initially designed between 1880 and 1945 with the full-time, dependent employee in mind. * In this episode of The sound of economics, Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/people/giuseppe-porcaro invites Anke Hassel https://www.bruegel.org/people/anke-hassel and Kathleen Romig https://www.bruegel.org/people/kathleen-romig to discuss the challenge that confronts the United States and Europe, in the context of a changing labour market and the increase in nonstandard work. https://www.bruegel.org/eu-us-transatlantic-expert-group-on-the-future-of-work

30m
Nov 09
The dominance of the platform economy

* The Internet was supposed to liberate us from powerful institutions. But the reality might be he who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself. In this episode of the Sound of Economics, Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/people/giuseppe-porcaro and Fabian Stephany https://www.bruegel.org/people/fabian-stephany invite Vili Lehdonvirta https://www.bruegel.org/people/vili-lehdonvirta to present his latest book, Cloud Empires, where he explains how Silicon Valley technologists end up recreating digital forms of the very institutions that they were trying to render obsolete. They also discuss the labour market. https://www.bruegel.org/future-work-and-inclusive-growth-europe

39m
Nov 02
Is the world economy headed for recession?

* In this episode of The Sound of Economics, Maria Demertzis https://www.bruegel.org/people/maria-demertzis and Grégory Claeys https://www.bruegel.org/people/gregory-claeys are joined by Ayhan Kose https://www.bruegel.org/people/ayhan-kose, Chief Economist of Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions (EFI) and Director of the Prospects Group at the World Bank, and co-author of the report ‘Is a Global Recession Imminent https://documents.worldbank.org/en/publication/documents-reports/documentdetail/099031409142266105/idu01ed08ada0dcb1048f809c390d3ba1acab4e2?’. Together they look at the global trends of rising inflation and slowing growth, discuss whether the world is heading into a recession; or, if a recession is inevitable, whether a soft-landing would be possible and how it could be achieved. (This podcast was recorded on 6th October 2022)

37m
Oct 26
Decoding China’s 20th Party Congress

* The 20th National Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party commenced on 16 October and will run for seven days. The Congress takes place every five years and is the most important political event in the People’s Republic of China. Giuseppe Porcaro and Alicia Garcia-Herrero invite Chenggang Xu https://www.bruegel.org/people/chenggang-xu, Senior research fellow at Stanford Center on China’s Economy and Institutions to navigate the decisions that are to be taken in this gathering and whether they meet the predictions. This episode is part of the ZhōngHuá Mundus series of The Sound of Economics. ZhōngHuá Mundus is a newsletter by Bruegel, bringing you monthly analysis of China in the world, as seen from Europe. Sign up now https://bruegel.secure.force.com/events/UpdateAcc?sf=1&s4=1 to receive it in your mailbox!

31m
Oct 18
China's rise in the Western Balkans

*  The rise in Chinese influence in the Western Balkans over the last decade is among the most significant geopolitical developments in Europe. As an element of Beijing’s wide internationalisation efforts to expand its global footprint, the country has been working to improve its position in several key sectors, from energy and infrastructure to culture, education and media. A lot of these investments are linked to the Belt and Road initiative. Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/people/giuseppe-porcaro and Alicia García-Herrero https://www.bruegel.org/people/alicia-garcia-herrero invite Mira Milosevich-Juaristi https://www.bruegel.org/people/mira-milosevich-juaristi to help navigate the Chinese investments in the Balkans and their strategic importance and what this means for Europe. This episode is part of the ZhōngHuá Mundus series of The Sound of Economics. ZhōngHuá Mundus is a newsletter by Bruegel, bringing you monthly analysis of China in the world, as seen from Europe. Sign up now https://bruegel.secure.force.com/events/UpdateAcc?sf=1&s4=1 to receive it in your mailbox!

50m
Oct 12
Inequality across the atlantic

* The COVID-19 pandemic, Russian invasion of Ukraine, energy crisis and the resulting high inflation have created new worries about inequality on both sides of the atlantic. Labour markets and occupations have gone through profound changes as a result of technological progress, globalisation and changes to labour market institutions, among many other factors. In this episode of the Sound of Economics, Giuseppe Porcaro hosts Indivar Dutta-Gupta, President & Executive Director, CLASP Center for Law and Social Policy, and István György Tóth, Director of Tarki Social Research Institute, for a conversation about the evolving nature of inequality on both sides of the Atlantic, what are the drivers of this wedge and what policy tools are needed to address it. https://www.bruegel.org/eu-us-transatlantic-expert-group-on-the-future-of-work

42m
Oct 05
What should the European Political Community look like?

* The European Political Community is a new political grouping proposed by the French president Emmanuel Macron that would include the EU countries, the Balkans, and other nearby states including the United Kingdom. On 6 October 2022, the first meeting of this new configuration will take place. In this live podcast co-organised with Open society foundations https://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/ and German Council on Foreign Relations https://dgap.org/en, Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/people/giuseppe-porcaro invites Jean Pisani-Ferry https://www.bruegel.org/people/jean-pisani-ferry,  Daniela Schwarzer https://www.bruegel.org/people/daniela-schwarzer,  Shahin Vallée https://www.bruegel.org/people/shahin-vallee, as well as Milica Delević​​​​​​​ https://www.bruegel.org/people/milica-delevic and Hlib Vyshlinsky https://www.bruegel.org/people/hlib-vyshlinsky, to envision what this grouping should look like and its functions. Mayer, F., J. Pisani-Ferry, D. Schwarzer and S. Vallée (2022) ‘Enlarging and deepening: giving substance to the European Political Community https://www.bruegel.org/policy-brief/enlarging-and-deepening-giving-substance-european-political-community', Policy Contribution 15/2022, Bruegel

47m
Oct 05
Learning from the European Central Bank's policy mistakes

* In July 2022, by the time the European Central Bank (ECB) lifted its deposit rate from negative to zero, headline inflation in the euro area had reached 8.9%. Irrespective of the drivers of inflation – a temporary supply shock or lasting demand shock – it is shocking that a central bank with a price stability mandate keeps its main interest rate negative while inflation accelerates that much. * Something clearly went wrong. With the benefit of hindsight, it is easy to say that the ECB made mistakes. But should the ECB have acted differently, given the information available at the time of its monetary policy meetings?  * In this episode of the Sound of Economics, Bruegel Director Jeromin Zettelmeyer https://www.bruegel.org/people/jeromin-zettelmeyer and Senior fellow Zsolt Darvas https://www.bruegel.org/people/zsolt-darvas sit down to discuss the ECB’s six lapses in tackling inflation https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/tackling-inflation-learning-european-central-banks-six-lapses, uncertainties surrounding the euro area's economy and what could have been done differently.

40m
Sep 28
Will Ukraine’s refugees return?

*  Ukraine, a country of over 40 million people, has seen about 15% of its population flee the country. Will many that have fled Ukraine return, or will families eventually be reunited abroad, possibly implying an even greater inflow of Ukrainians into Europe and elsewhere when the war is over? Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/people/giuseppe-porcaro sits down with Pauline Weil https://www.bruegel.org/people/pauline-weil to discuss the implications of Ukrainian refugees’ situation for Ukraine and its future reconstruction efforts, for receiving countries and for the EU Common European Asylum System, as analysed in her upcoming paper co-authored with Uri Dadush.  https://audioboom.com/playlists/4634636-war-in-ukraine

26m
Sep 21
Assessing the State of the Union 2022

* On 14 September 2022 Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, delivered the State of the Union address before the European Parliament. In this episode of The Sound of Economics Live, Giuseppe Porcaro hosts Maria Demertzis, André Sapir, Jeromin Zettelmeyer and Georg Zachmann to evaluate the State of the Union address, from the support to Ukraine, energy crisis, recovery plans, as well as the EU’s external policies.

43m
Sep 14
Can China get its economy back on track?

*  China’s GDP growth plummeted to only 0.4% YoY in Q2 2022, the worse performance after Q1 2020 when the first wave of COVID-19 hit Wuhan. Apart from the economic turbulence, a major political event to look out for is the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, to be held on 16 October 2022. What should we expect from this gathering and what economic impact will it have? Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/people/giuseppe-porcaro discusses with Alicia García-Herrero https://www.bruegel.org/people/alicia-garcia-herrero and XU Sitao https://www.bruegel.org/people/sitao-xu. This episode is part of the ZhōngHuá Mundus series of The Sound of Economics. ZhōngHuá Mundus is a newsletter by Bruegel, bringing you monthly analysis of China in the world, as seen from Europe. Sign up now https://bruegel.secure.force.com/events/UpdateAcc?sf=1&s4=1 to receive it in your mailbox!

33m
Sep 14
Re-revisiting The European Union’s energy crisis

* Europe’s energy system faces unprecedented physical and institutional stress. Jeromin Zettelmeyer https://www.bruegel.org/people/jeromin-zettelmeyer sits down with Simone Tagliapietra https://www.bruegel.org/people/simone-tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann https://www.bruegel.org/people/georg-zachmann to discuss the causes of the problem, and what solutions could be offered. Simone and Georg present their recent paper ‘A grand bargain to steer through the European Union’s energy crisis https://www.bruegel.org/policy-brief/grand-bargain-steer-through-european-unions-energy-crisis’, where they argue an integrated European approach and a coordinated plan is essential to address the crisis. 

47m
Sep 08
Autumn 2022 economic outlook: a new chapter

* Jeromin Zettelmeyer https://www.bruegel.org/people/jeromin-zettelmeyer starts his mandate as Bruegel Director on 1 September 2022. What made him move to Brussels? What does he have to say about the current climate of European economics and the challenges that lie ahead? He sits down with Maria Demertzis https://www.bruegel.org/people/maria-demertzis to discuss the energy crisis, macroeconomic situation, as well as his vision of Europe.

29m
Aug 31
Lessons from the rise in self-employment

* Independent work, self-employment and the gig economy have been evolving in the past decade, changing our understanding of traditional employment. However, with the rise in self-employment comes the need to adapt our laws and legislation to accommodate pension schemes and benefits that many self-employed do not have, compared with their traditional counterparts.   In this episode of The Sound of Economics, Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/people/giuseppe-porcaro is joined by Diane Mulcahy https://www.bruegel.org/people/diane-mulcahy and Milena Nikolova https://www.bruegel.org/people/milena-nikolova of Bruegel, to discuss the future of self-employment, what it means for traditional workers, and what it entails for policymakers. https://www.bruegel.org/future-work-and-inclusive-growth-europe“, with the financial support of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. Relevant Publications: __ __ *

38m
Aug 24
China’s tales of the future

* Narratives of the future play an important role in shaping our reality. Depending on the point of view from which they are crafted, they can describe hopes and fears of citizens, the political project of the ruling classes, or can offer alternatives to the status quo. In this episode of The Sound of Economics, Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/people/giuseppe-porcaro and Alicia García-Herrero https://www.bruegel.org/people/alicia-garcia-herrero are joined by LYU Guangzhao https://www.bruegel.org/people/guangzhao-lyu, who helped navigate some of China’s science fictions works and these visions of the future. Artwork and science fictions mentioned: •    artwork by FAN Wennan •    by CHEN Qiufan •    by Kai-Fu Lee and CHEN Qiufan •    by HAN Song •    by ZHANG Ran •    by MA Boyong This episode is part of the ZhōngHuá Mundus series of The Sound of Economics. ZhōngHuá Mundus is a newsletter by Bruegel, bringing you monthly analysis of China in the world, as seen from Europe. Sign up now https://bruegel.secure.force.com/events/UpdateAcc?sf=1&s4=1 to receive it in your mailbox!

43m
Aug 03
Artificial intelligence and job quality

* Artificial intelligence and automation are increasing in role, and no industry is immune. From doctors to gig workers, advances in AI are becoming a key determinant of job quality. This week on The Sound of Economics, Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/people/giuseppe-porcaro is joined by Laura Nurski https://www.bruegel.org/people/laura-nurski and Mia Hoffmann https://www.bruegel.org/people/mia-hoffmann, to discuss how technology affects work, whether good or bad, and what should we take into consideration for the future? * This podcast was produced within the project “Future of Work and Inclusive Growth in Europe https://www.bruegel.org/future-work-and-inclusive-growth-europe“, with the financial support of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. * RELEVANT PUBLICATIONS: https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/german-facebook-probe-links-data-protection-and-competition-policy | German Facebook probe links data protection and competition policy * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/uber-and-economic-impact-sharing-economy-platforms | Uber and the economic impact of sharing economy platforms * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/economic-value-personal-data-online-platforms-firms-and-consumers | The economic value of personal data for online platforms, firms and consumers * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/rise-sharing-economy-indonesia | The rise of the sharing economy in Indonesia * https://www.bruegel.org/comment/european-union-course-become-big-loser-global-tech-race | Is the European Union on course to become the big loser in the global tech race? * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/practical-arrangement-cooperation-between-digital-economy-regulators | A practical arrangement for cooperation between digital economy regulators * https://www.bruegel.org/working-paper/market-power-and-artificial-intelligence-work-online-labour-markets | Market power and artificial intelligence work on online labour markets * https://www.bruegel.org/podcast/technology-product-unequal-power | Technology: a product of unequal power? * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/opening-digital-platforms-and-reducing-anticompetitive-risks | Opening up digital platforms and reducing anticompetitive risks * https://www.bruegel.org/working-paper/platform-mergers-and-antitrust-0 | Platform mergers and antitrust * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/self-employment-covid-19-and-future-work-knowledge-workers | Self-employment, COVID-19, and the future of work for knowledge workers * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/regulating-big-tech-digital-markets-act | Regulating big tech: the Digital Markets Act * https://www.bruegel.org/working-paper/platform-mergers-and-antitrust | Platform mergers and antitrust * https://www.bruegel.org/working-paper/digital-platforms-and-antitrust | Digital platforms and antitrust * https://www.bruegel.org/report/effect-digitalization-energy-consumption-passenger-transport-analysis-future-scenarios | The effect of digitalization in the energy consumption of passenger transport: An analysis of future scenarios for Europe * https://www.bruegel.org/policy-brief/bridging-divide-new-evidence-about-firms-and-digitalisation | Bridging the divide: new evidence about firms and digitalisation * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/work-protection-digital-age-towards-new-social-contract | Work Protection in the Digital Age: Towards a new social contract * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/era-digitalisation-single-market-needs-software-update | In an era of digitalisation, the Single Market needs a software update * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/breaking-big-companies-and-market-power-concentration | Breaking up big companies and market power concentration * https://www.bruegel.org/report/vertical-restraints-and-e-commerce | Vertical restraints and e-commerce * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/how-e-commerce-reshapes-markets-and-firms-strategies | How e-commerce reshapes markets and firms’ strategies * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/big-data-and-first-degree-price-discrimination | Big data and first-degree price discrimination * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/industrial-internet-will-transform-policymaking | The industrial internet will transform policymaking * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/apple-discord | The Apple of Discord * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/new-eu-net-neutrality-guidelines-are-pragmatic-next-step | New EU net neutrality guidelines are a pragmatic next step * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/european-e-commerce-needs-better-visibility-cross-border-delivery-prices | European e-commerce needs better visibility into cross-border delivery prices * https://www.bruegel.org/policy-brief/e-commerce-europe-parcel-delivery-prices-digital-single-market | E-commerce in Europe: parcel delivery prices in a digital single market * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/e-commerce-opportunity-growth-europe-people-and-business | E-commerce: an opportunity for growth in Europe, for people and business * https://www.bruegel.org/policy-brief/better-pensions-european-unions-self-employed | Better pensions for the European Union’s self-employed * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/inclusive-european-union-must-boost-gig-workers-rights | An inclusive European Union must boost gig workers’ rights * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/making-antitrust-work-not-against-gig-workers-and-self-employed | Making antitrust work for, not against, gig workers and the self-employed * https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/which-platforms-will-be-caught-digital-markets-act-gatekeeper-dilemma | Which platforms will be caught by the Digital Markets Act? The ‘gatekeeper’ dilemma * https://www.bruegel.org/policy-brief/policies-support-self-employed-labour-markets-future | Policies to support the self-employed in the labour markets of the future

41m
Jul 27
Securing the supply of semiconductors to Europe

* Drawing lessons from the ongoing shortages in chip supply, the United States, China and the European Union are adopting industrial policies to secure semiconductor supply chains as well as economic and technological competitiveness. The EU Chips Act, announced in February 2022, represents a real break in Europe's industrial policy. Are semiconductors the new oil? The answer might be more complicated than just yes or no. Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/people/giuseppe-porcaro, Niclas Poitiers https://www.bruegel.org/people/pauline-weil and Pauline Weil https://www.bruegel.org/people/pauline-weil unpack the economics and geopolitics behind the Chips Act. Relevant publications: Briefings de l'Ifri, Fishing for Chips: Assessing the EU Chips Act https://www.bruegel.org/report/fishing-chips-assessing-eu-chips-act Poitiers, N. and P. Weil (2022) ‘Is the EU Chips Act the right approach? https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/eu-chips-act-right-approach’, , 2 June Poitiers, N. and P. Weil (2022) ‘Opaque and ill-defined: the problems with Europe’s IPCEI subsidy framework https://www.bruegel.org/blog-post/opaque-and-ill-defined-problems-europes-ipcei-subsidy-framework’, , 26 January Poitiers, N. and P. Weil (2021) 'A new direction for the European Union’s half-hearted semiconductor strategy https://www.bruegel.org/policy-brief/new-direction-european-unions-half-hearted-semiconductor-strategy', 17/2021, Bruegel

35m
Jul 20
Revisiting Europe’s energy independence

* With the winter on the horizon, it is more important than ever for Europe to be independent in energy. Russian gas cuts, sanctions and embargoes have put the EU in a tough spot, where a trade-off had to be made between energy needs and actions against Russia. In this episode of the Sound of Economics, Bruegel’s interim Director Maria Demertzis is joined by Bruegel's Ben McWilliams, Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann to discuss the future of European energy independence, what needs to be done and its implications for sustainable goals.

47m
Jul 14
How has the pandemic affected the BRI?

* Since its announcement in 2013, BRI has only grown in economic and political relevance. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdowns, the mega project is at a standstill. Is the scope and ambition of BRI permanently shaped? * In this episode of The Sound of Economics, Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/author/giuseppe-porcaro/ is joined by Alicia García-Herrero https://www.bruegel.org/author/alicia-garcia-herrero/ and Xue Gong https://www.bruegel.org/author/xue-gong/, to discuss the context, present, and future of BRI in relation to the pandemic and foreign relations. This episode is part of the ZhōngHuá Mundus series of The Sound of Economics. ZhōngHuá Mundus is a newsletter by Bruegel, bringing you monthly analysis of China in the world, as seen from Europe. Sign up now https://bruegel.secure.force.com/events/UpdateAcc?sf=1&s4=1 to receive it in your mailbox!

36m
Jul 06
A decade of economic policy

* As his time as Bruegel Director comes to an end, Guntram Wolff https://www.bruegel.org/author/guntram-b-wolff/ sits down with Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/author/giuseppe-porcaro/ to discuss the highs, lows and shifts of economic policy in Europe over the past decade and Bruegel's contribution in an effort to improve it, from the euro area sovereign debt crisis, migration to Brexit, geoeconomics, the climate urgency and COVID-19. * __ Policy contribution, What kind of European banking union? https://www.bruegel.org/2012/06/what-kind-of-european-banking-union/ Blueprint, EU-IMF assistance to euro area countries: an early assessment https://www.bruegel.org/2013/06/eu-imf-assistance-to-euro-area-countries-an-early-assessment/ Event, Resolving the European debt crisis https://www.bruegel.org/events/resolving-the-european-debt-crisis/ External publication, Europe after Brexit: A proposal for a continental partnership https://www.bruegel.org/2016/08/europe-after-brexit-a-proposal-for-a-continental-partnership/ Policy contribution, Redefining Europe’s economic sovereignty https://www.bruegel.org/2019/06/redefining-europes-economic-sovereignty/ Policy brief, The threats to the European Union’s economic sovereignty https://www.bruegel.org/2019/07/the-threats-to-the-european-unions-economic-sovereignty/ Policy contribution, The geopolitics of the European Green Deal https://www.bruegel.org/2021/02/the-geopolitics-of-the-european-green-deal/ Policy contribution, An effective economic response to the Coronavirus in Europe https://www.bruegel.org/2020/03/economic-response-coronavirus/ External publication, A Global Deal for Our Pandemic Age https://www.bruegel.org/2021/07/a-global-deal-for-our-pandemic-age/ __

33m
Jun 30
Understanding Sri Lanka's current crisis

* Sri Lanka is experiencing an episode of political and economic instability the country has not seen since the civil war. The growing anti-government sentiment, the power struggle between the Parliament and the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, mixed with the economic situation has reached a boiling point, and an outbreak of riots and protests in the streets. In this episode of The Sound of Economics, Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/author/giuseppe-porcaro/ is joined by Bruegel Senior fellow Alicia García-Herrero https://www.bruegel.org/author/alicia-garcia-herrero/, and Asanga Abeyagoonasekera https://www.bruegel.org/author/asanga-abeyagoonasekera/, international security and geopolitics analyst and strategic advisor from Sri Lanka, to discuss the crisis in Sri Lanka, its relation to China's BRI, and to understand its consequences for Europe, China, as well as the world. This episode is part of the ZhōngHuá Mundus series of The Sound of Economics. ZhōngHuá Mundus is a newsletter by Bruegel, bringing you monthly analysis of China in the world, as seen from Europe. Sign up now https://bruegel.secure.force.com/events/UpdateAcc?sf=1&s4=1 to receive it in your mailbox!

35m
Jun 23
Growth for good?

* Guntram Wolff https://www.bruegel.org/author/guntram-b-wolff/ invites Bruegel veteran Alessio Terzi https://www.bruegel.org/author/alessio-terzi/ to talk about his recently published book ‘Growth for good https://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674258426’, which lays out an agenda to enroll capitalism in the fight against climate catastrophe. With Diane Coyle https://www.bruegel.org/author/diane-coyle/, they take a deep dive into the book and share their view on the growth or degrowth debate.

30m
Jun 15
War in Ukraine: Ukraine's place in the EU

* In this episode of the Sound of Economics Live, Bruegel Director Guntram Wolff https://www.bruegel.org/author/guntram-b-wolff/ hosts Ľubica Karvašová https://www.bruegel.org/author/lubica-karvasova/ (Prime Minister’s office Slovakia), Alexander Duleba https://www.bruegel.org/author/alexander-duleba/ (Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association), and André Sapir https://www.bruegel.org/author/andre-sapir/ to debate a proposal by the Slovak government to aid Ukraine’s accession to the EU. * https://audioboom.com/playlists/4634636-war-in-ukraine

59m
Jun 14
Is China bailing Russia out?

* Alexander Gabuev https://www.bruegel.org/author/alexander-gabuev/ joins Bruegel’s Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/author/giuseppe-porcaro/ and Alicia García-Herrero https://www.bruegel.org/author/alicia-garcia-herrero/ to discuss China’s ambiguous stance towards Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, how this impact China’s relationship with other countries and if Russia is becoming more dependent on China. This episode is part of the ZhōngHuá Mundus series of The Sound of Economics. * ZhōngHuá Mundus is a newsletter by Bruegel, bringing you monthly analysis of China in the world, as seen from Europe. Sign up now https://bruegel.secure.force.com/events/UpdateAcc?sf=1&s4=1 to receive it in your mailbox!

32m
Jun 08
An embargo on (most) Russian oil

* European leaders have finally agreed on a Russian oil embargo. What are the implications? How long will it take to enforce and what should be the next steps? Bruegel’s Giuseppe Porcaro https://www.bruegel.org/author/giuseppe-porcaro/ is joined by MEP Luis Garicano https://www.bruegel.org/author/luis-garicano/, Simone Tagliapietra https://www.bruegel.org/author/simone-tagliapietra/ and Georg Zachmann https://www.bruegel.org/author/georg-zachmann/ to talk sanctioning Russia.

39m
May 31
Taming inflation?

* The latest economic forecasts published by the European Commission as well as IMF show low growth and high inflation. Maria Demertzis https://www.bruegel.org/author/maria-demertzis/ is joined by Grégory Claeys https://www.bruegel.org/author/gregory-claeys/ and Megan Greene https://www.bruegel.org/author/megan-greene/ to discuss the economic outlook on both sides of the Atlantic. They discuss the possibility of stagflation, inflation duration and its implications, interest rates increasing and the risks that it entails, as well as other ways of containing inflation.

43m
May 25