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Finance at Center Stage: Some Lessons of the Euro Crisis


(from the introduction...)

Finance and financial markets were at the heart of the global economic crisis

that began in August 2007. Despite having subsided elsewhere by 2010, the global crisis

left an ongoing legacy of turbulence in the euro zone. My argument in this essay is that

the euro zone’s continuing turmoil, like that of the world economy in 2007‐09, is rooted

in financial vulnerabilities that were not well envisioned in the defenses set up by EMU’s

architects. If the euro is to survive, EMU’s institutions must evolve to overcome these

vulnerabilities. The necessary changes will have profound effects on the future shape of EMU, effects significant enough to require changes in EU political arrangements

alongside more technical financial reforms.

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