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Economic Quarterly Report Dutch version

Weak economic recovery in 2011 not entirely unexpected

During the past year we witnessed a lacklustre economic recovery. And the outlook for 2011 does not look much better. This may be disappointing, yet considering the severity of the recession, it is not altogether surprising. In the United States, as well as in a number of European countries, consumers were living beyond their means for years.

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Op zoek naar evenwicht (Dutch)

De wereldeconomie bevindt zich in een onzekere fase. Na de korte maar hevige recessie die eind 2008 inzette, is wereldwijd alweer snel een overtuigend groeiherstel opgetreden. Helaas is dit herstel inmiddels alweer aan slijtage onderhevig.


Kleine weeffouten met grote gevolgen (Dutch)

Er zijn nog steeds fundamentele mondiale onevenwichtigheden die een houdbare groei in de weg staan. Alleen een ingrijpende hervorming van de internationale infrastructuur kan die onevenwichtigheden wegwerken. En daar moet nog aan begonnen worden.


The Return of Sovereign Risk in the Industrialised World

The severe deterioration of asset quality in late 2007 marked the opening act of the financial crisis. A drop in global economic activity during 2008 and early 2009 was next. A wave of sovereign defaults in the industrialised world is step three.

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The return of IFI lending

The global financial crisis has brought the IMF, the World Bank and other International Financial Institutions (IFI’s) back to the spotlights. With large emergency loan packages, they have helped countries to deal with the severe economic shocks.