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The Global Financial Crisis and the European Integration Project

  • Patrick Leblond

When the global financial crisis hit the shores of Europe, after crossing the Atlantic, the Eurozone was considered a safe haven. After the first Greek bailout in May 2010, the discourse had now changed completely; the debt crisis was the euro's fault. As a result, some argued that Greece and eventually other bailed-out member states should abandon the euro and reintroduce their national currencies. If they did not, then countries such as Germany and the Netherlands would give up on supporting them financially, forcing them to abandon the euro anyway. Yet, no such thing has happened. The euro and the European Union are still with us. In fact, European integration has been deepened as a result of the debt crisis. This paper explains why the doomsayers have been wrong on durability of the Eurozone.

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Paper provided by CIRANO in its series CIRANO Working Papers with number 2011s-55.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 01 Aug 2011
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Handle: RePEc:cir:cirwor:2011s-55
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