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Economic Comment

Eurozone (debt) crisis: Country Profile Ireland

The build-up of large private sector imbalances related to a housing boom and the financial sector were the prime cause of the crisis. Ireland has successfully reformed its banking sector and economic performance is strong, but challenges remain.

Economic Comment

Eurozone (debt) crisis: Country Profile Portugal

Both high private and public sector debt prior to the crisis are to blame for the country’s deep recession and public debt crisis. It remains to be seen whether Portugal’s low growth problem has been addressed, with unemployment and indebtedness still very high.

Economic Comment

Eurozone (debt) crisis: Country Profile Italy

Public sector debt was already very high and economic growth very weak in the years prior to the crisis. Private sector debt was and still is relatively low. Despite recent structural reforms, the economic outlook remains rather weak and unemployment and public debt high.

Economic Report

The perils of diverging monetary policy

Monetary policies in the eurozone and US are on the verge of parting ways. For the world economy as a whole, there is a risk that this monetary divergence will fuel external imbalances among the largest economies.

Economic Comment

Bloeiende wereldhandelsgroei niet langer een zekerheid (Dutch)

De wereldhandelsgroei blijft al vijf jaar achter bij de economische groei. Deze trend wordt deels gevoed door handelsbelemmeringen die op termijn ook de economische activiteit kunnen remmen en dus is beleidsingrijpen vereist.

Economic Comment

Brazil is back to junk

Brazil lost its investment grade with S&P on 9 September. The downgrade underlines Brazil’s enormous fiscal challenges. Political headwinds could further darken the fiscal and economic outlook.

Economic Report

China: onzekerheden nemen toe (Dutch)

De directe impact van de beurscrash en depreciatie op de Chinese economie is waarschijnlijk beperkt, maar de crash tast de geloofwaardigheid van de hervormingsagenda wel aan. De terugval van de groei is volgens de meeste indicatoren vooral geconcentreerd in de industrie, maar de onzekerheden zijn wel groter geworden.