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Government debt up to 89.5% of GDP in euro area

Eurostat/Government debt up to 89.5% of GDP in euro area/20 Ιουλίου 2017 At the end of the first quarter of 2017, the government debt to GDP ratio in the euro area (EA19) stood at 89.5%, compared with 89.2% at the end of the fourth quarter of 2016. In the EU28, the ratio also increased from 83.6% to 84.1%. Compared with the first quarter of 2016, the government debt to GDP …Read More

The Re-Emerging Privilege of Euro Area Membership

Wiegand, Johannes, (2017), «The Re-Emerging Privilege of Euro Area Membership», IMF Working Paper No. 17/162, 18 Ιουλίου When the euro was introduced in 1998, one objective was to create an alternative global reserve currency that would grant benefits to euro area countries similar to the U.S. dollar’s “exorbitant privliege”: i.e., a boost to the perceived quality of euro denominated assets that would increase demand for such assets and reduce euro …Read More

Euro area international trade in goods surplus €21.4 bn

Eurostat/Euro area international trade in goods surplus €21.4 bn/14 Ιουλίου 2017 The first estimate for euro area (EA19) exports of goods to the rest of the world in May 2017 was €189.6 billion, an increase of 12.9% compared with May 2016 (€167.8 bn). Imports from the rest of the world stood at €168.1 bn, a rise of 16.4% compared with May 2016 (€144.4 bn). As a result, the euro area …Read More

EU Foreign Direct Investment flows

Eurostat, (2017), «EU Foreign Direct Investment flows», 18 Ιουλίου According to preliminary results, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from the European Union (EU) to the rest of the world amounted to €186 billion in 2016, a sharp drop (-68%) compared with the €585 bn recorded in 2015. In the opposite direction, investment from the rest of the world into the EU stood at €280 bn, down by 41% compared with 2015 …Read More

Annual inflation down to 1.3% in the euro area

Eurostat/Annual inflation down to 1.3% in the euro area/17 Ιουλίου 2017 Euro area annual inflation was 1.3% in June 2017, down from 1.4% in May. In June 2016 the rate was 0.1%. European Union annual inflation was 1.4% in June 2017, down from 1.6% in May. A year earlier the rate was 0.1%. These figures come from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. The lowest annual rates were …Read More

The effectiveness of unconventional monetary policy on risk aversion and uncertainty. For an optimal use of economic policy framework – priority to financial union

Rompolis, Leonidas S., (2017), «The effectiveness of unconventional monetary policy on risk aversion and uncertainty. For an optimal use of economic policy framework -priority to financial union«, Bank of Greece, Working Paper 231, Ιούνιος This paper examines the impact of unconventional monetary policy of ECB measured by its balance sheet expansion on euro area equity market uncertainty and investors risk aversion within a structural VAR framework. An expansionary balance sheet …Read More

Contributions to GDP growth: first quarter 2017, Quarterly National Accounts

OECD/Contributions to GDP growth: first quarter 2017, Quarterly National Accounts/6 Ιουλίου 2017 Real GDP in the OECD area increased by 0.5% in the first quarter of 2017, compared with 0.7% in the previous quarter, according to provisional estimates, mainly reflecting reduced contributions from private consumption (0.2 percentage point against 0.5 in the previous quarter) and investment (0.2 percentage point against 0.3). Net exports provided an additional 0.1 percentage point to …Read More

The international role of the euro

European Central Bank (ECB), (2017), «The international role of the euro», Annual Review, Ιούλιος This report covers developments in 2016 and early 2017. This period was characterised by heightened non-economic risks stemming in particular from geopolitical developments, elections in some euro area countries, economic policy uncertainty in the wake of the outcome of the United Kingdom’s referendum on EU membership and the arrival of a new US administration, as well …Read More

Getting It Right: Youth Employment Policy within the EU

Pastore, Francesco, (2017), «Getting It Right: Youth Employment Policy within the EU», IZA Institute of Labor Economics, Policy Paper Series, IZA Policy Paper No.127, Μάιος This essay discusses the determinants of youth unemployment within the EU and then the alternative policy options currently at stake. We argue that youth unemployment regards especially some peripheral EU countries and is due to a mix of factors that should be addressed more vigorously, …Read More

Euro area annual inflation down to 1.3%

Eurostat/Euro area annual inflation down to 1.3%/30 Ιουνίου 2017 Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 1.3% in June 2017, down from 1.4% in May 2017, according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Looking at the main components of euro area inflation, energy is expected to have the highest annual rate in June (1.9%, compared with 4.5% in May), followed by services …Read More

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