On the Tasks of the European Stability Mechanism

Author
Stefano Micossi, Fabrizia Peirce, Jacopo Carmassi
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
Centre for European Policy Studies
Abstract
In recent weeks pressures on the euro and eurozone sovereign debtors have subsided. Buoyant growth in the global economy, increasingly benefiting also the European economy, has of course played an important role in calming financial markets. But even more important has been the perception that France and Germany are again working constructively for a strong economic Europe. More broadly, the acute turbulence in financial markets since the spring of 2010 may have finally convinced our political leaders, notably including the German political establishment, that the benefits of a stable currency far outweigh the costs that may have to be borne to make it work properly. The euro will only be trusted if the member states effectively coordinate their economic policies not only to ensure fiscal stability, but also to eliminate persistent divergences in productivity leading to unsustainable imbalances between national savings and investment (Schäuble, 2011).
Topic
Security, Economics, Regional Cooperation, Monetary Policy, Financial Crisis, Governance
Political Geography
Europe, France, Germany