European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention

Forum: The euro crisis and the responses to it: Missing the point?


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In the past two years the world economy experienced a patchy but relatively strong recovery. In the European Union, however, the upturn was markedly weaker than in the rest of the world. Buoyant exports to the fast-growing emerging economies led to a strong upswing in several countries of the EU (particularly Germany, but also Austria, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Slovakia) and conveyed the impression that the financial and economic crisis of 2008/09 was over. It seemed that the crisis continued only in some ›peripheral‹ countries with high government debt, mainly in Southern Europe.

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