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Europe at the Crossroads: Financial Fragility and the Survival of the Single Currency

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Given the continuing divergence between progress in the monetary field and political integration in the euro area, the German interest in imposing austerity may be seen as representing an attempt to achieve, de facto, accelerated progress toward political union; progress that has long been regarded by Germany as a precondition for the success of monetary unification in the form of the common currency. Yet no matter how necessary these austerity policies may appear in the context of the slow and incomplete political integration in Europe, they are ultimately unsustainable. In the absence of further progress in political unification, writes Senior Scholar Jan Kregel, the survival and stability of the euro paradoxically require either sustained economic stagnation or the maintenance of what Hyman Minsky would have recognized as a Ponzi scheme. Neither of these alternatives is economically or politically sustainable.

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  • Jan Kregel, 2015. "Europe at the Crossroads: Financial Fragility and the Survival of the Single Currency," Economics Policy Note Archive 15-1, Levy Economics Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:lev:levypn:15-1
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