Experiencing a period of economic stagnation, the European Union (EU) has started to look for different ways to enhance its economic growth rates. One solution is represented by the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). However, this solution is also one of the most debated issues within the circles of economists due to economic and social costs at stake. Among these costs, the issues of corruption and corporatism should not… Continue reading Corruption and corporatism – is TTIP still desirable for the EU?
Excerpt: DC: It is clear that QE hasn’t alleviated the existent discrepancies across the European Union when it comes to income levels (East vs. West) and unemployment rates (North vs. South). Can convergence still be achieved? If yes, how? TS: I am very pessimistic. We live in a world of divergence and not of convergence. However, more convergence can be achieved across the European Union. Firstly, institutions matter. They matter… Continue reading Interview – Thomas Straubhaar: “Integration remains a political process”