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Economic Report

Argentina, ten years on

24 December 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of Argentina’s dramatic sovereign default. Ten years later, it seems that Argentina is in a much healthier state. We explain what is behind this 'miracle' and conclude that the boom is coming to an end.

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The continent is isolated (Dutch)

Met een verminderde Britse invloed maakt de Europese Unie wellicht een draai in een meer protectionistische richting, wat voor een handelsnatie als de onze een zeer slechte zaak zou zijn.

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De euro wordt weer gered! (Dutch)

November was de maand van de machtswisselingen in Zuid-Europa. Desondanks wordt december de maand van het (opnieuw) redden van de euro op een –wegens succes geprolongeerde (?!)– ‘top der toppen’ op 8-9 december. Ik merk dat de gelatenheid bij mij een beetje toe begint te slaan.

Economic Update Dutch version

Country Update Belgium

Almost one-and-a-half year after the elections there has finally been a political breakthrough. With the announcement of harsh austerity measures in 2012 the new government hopes to reduce the budget deficit and thereby to regain market trust.

Economic Update Dutch version

Country Update Italy

The Prime Minister of Italy, Mario Monti, faces the difficult task of lowering the budget deficit and enacting structural reforms while the economy is falling back into recession. Under the motto Save Italy, the first set of measures has been passed.

Economic Update Dutch version

Country Update Germany

Germany’s 11Q3 growth (+0.5% q-o-q) testifies to the country’s economic resilience. Private consumption was the biggest contributor to GDP growth, partly due to the disappointing performance in 11Q2.

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Southern Europe and Ireland the long road

Every summit held by EU leaders over the past two years has created an atmosphere of hope regarding a permanent solution to the European debt issues. Unfortunately, every one of those summits had a disappointing outcome. However, it is hardly surprising that the crisis cannot be solved in the short term, let alone in one go.

Economic Report

Consequences financial transaction tax

The financial crisis has led to increased interest in a financial transaction tax (FTT). However, such a tax has been the subject of controversy for decades. This Special Report looks at the expected effects of a FTT.

Country Report

Rwanda (Country report)

With modest inflation and a stable currency, the prospects for Rwanda’s economy remain favorable. However, social unrest could arise resulting from the authoritarian regime of president Kagame.