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№085: Germany and the Future of the Eurozone
№085: Germany and the Future of the Eurozone

Author(s): Sebastian Płóciennik
Subject(s): Economic policy, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: PISM Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: eurozone; Germany; economy; Euro; Europe; European Union; Western Europe
Summary/Abstract: Although the euro has survived the most severe phase of the current crisis, its future is still uncertain. The fate of the common currency will depend not only on the condition of the European economy, but also the priorities of its biggest player–Germany. So far that country has been strong enough to enforce its own vision of integration based on neoliberal reforms and austerity measures. Since the side effects of this prescription have been rising costs and risks, Berlin’s new government will consider a range of different solutions, including in extremis a controlled and partial break-up of the Eurozone. For Poland, this volatility creates a challenging environment with risks, but also creates chances for Warsaw to increase its influence over the evolution of EU integration in this field.

  • Page Count: 5
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: English