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Will Liikanen change the European bank sector

The Liikanen Group recommends that banks engaged in significant high-risk trading activities should be required to integrate these into a separate legal and economic entity within the banking group. How does this affect European banks and customers?

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Risk of de-globalization

This article is part of a series of Special Reports that discuss the downside risks to the global economic outlook. In this piece, we take a closer look at the risk of de-globalisation.

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Bail-in: an alternative to bail-out of banks?

According to a European proposal by the European Commission, bail-in is one of the instruments every EU member state should have at its disposal in order to deal effectively with banking crises. This Special Report discusses bail-in in more detail.

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Euro crisis: institutional tug-of-war

The Economic and Monetary Union still lacks a credible crisis mechanism. The current ECB approach provides only a temporary solution. A permanent solution most likely requires muddling through for some time yet.

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Coping with life after debt (part 1)

In the first part of this series, we will show that debt, which has risen sharply in most advanced countries, is not necessarily a bad thing if it is at sustainable levels.

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Coping with life after debt (part 2)

In part 2, we look at the post-crisis balance sheet adjustment process and conclude that (i) it will take many years to complete and (ii) the transitional phase will be economically painful.

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Successful African regional integration?

Although negotiations for a continental free trade area in Africa have started and progress is on course given recent news reports, the plan is rather optimistic.

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Germany and further EU integration

Elections in Germany in 2013 might result in a stable and EU-friendly grand coalition. However, recent appeals against the ESM ratification suggest that politicians will be constrained by legal boundaries regarding further EU integration.

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Retail and investment banking

In this study we analyse the feasibility of Dutch implementation of the British (Vickers) and American (Volcker) proposals for separating retail and investment banking or a ban on proprietary trading, respectively.

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Why is the euro crisis not ending? (part 1)

In the first part of this series, we will show that fiscal indiscipline is not at the root of this crisis. This is why the current policy prescription (fiscal austerity) has not been the silver bullet most hoped for.

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Why is the euro crisis not ending? (part 2)

In part 2, we propose a number of steps the European policymakers can take in order to end the crisis. All it takes is a little bit of imagination and a lot of willingness.

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Casting more light on shadow banking

Shadow banking has been placed high on this year’s agenda for regulating bodies including the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the European Commission (EC). The risks of the shadow banking system became apparent during the credit crisis.