50 Years of European Integration
Fifty years ago, the first issue of Intereconomics was published. In honour of this anniversary, many top European and international economists have contributed papers to this issue, which looks back on five decades of European integration – from the early days of the European Economic Community to the lingering effects of the recent financial crisis. The contributions also look ahead to what the future holds for the European Union, covering issues as diverse as global trade, the future of the euro, reviving economic growth, the impact of demography and international relations.
Quote of the Month
„Vague verbal reassurances [on TTIP] are not enough: trust will only come from transparency, effective legal safeguards in negotiating texts and improved communication.“
– from Monique Goyens and Léa Auffret's Forum article TTIP: What Is in It for Consumers?
The Paris Climate Negotiations and Beyond
Countries have been preparing voluntary pledges of action in their attempts to reach a global climate agreement in Paris. While any deal reached in Paris is unlikely to keep temperatures from rising above two degrees Celsius, it is nonetheless very important that the Paris agreement include mechanisms that allow for corrections and for the strengthening of targets as new scientific data becomes available.
Figure of the Month
Geographical Distribution of EU Exporters to the US
This figure from Lucian Cernat, Ana Norman-López and Alessandra Tucci’s Forum article “How Important Will the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Be for EU Small and Medium-sized Enterprises?” shows where companies that export to the US are located in the EU. To see the entire figure and for more information, please click on the figure.