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This is the beginning of the fifth year of the collaboration between Edward Elgar Publishing and the editors of the European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies: Intervention (EJEEP), which started in 2013. We continue with our tradition of having two regular issues per year while devoting issue number 2 to the Papers and Proceedings of the annual conference of the Research Network Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies (FMM). And as was the custom in previous regular issues, the present one includes regular articles, a book review section, and a forum section. As always in our forum section, we have an interview with a well-known economist, in this case Heinz Kurz, from the University of Graz in Austria.

Some things change however. Our long-time friend and colleague Till van Treeck, the youngest of us, who had been part of the team of managing editors since 2011, reluctantly decided to resign from his position. He felt that he could not contribute enough of his time to EJEEP as a consequence of the duties and administrative assignments associated with his positions at the University of Duisburg-Essen and at the Forschungsinstitut für gesellschaftliche Weiterentwicklung (FGW), Düsseldorf, Germany. We take this opportunity to thank Till for his past involvement and we wish him the best in his future academic and family endeavours. And we hope for future cooperation, because Till will remain on the Editorial Board of the journal.

As a result we are pleased to welcome Gennaro Zezza as a new member of the team of managing editors. Gennaro is an associate professor of economics at the University of Cassino in Italy. He is also a Research Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College, where he is part of the macro-modelling team. Gennaro is one of the leading experts and proponents of the stock-flow consistent modelling approach, and besides this, he will bring to our journal his knowledge of international monetary economics and applied econometrics, as well as his experienced judgment with regards to economic policies.

The Editors