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Risks to the long-term stability of the euro

Anna Schwartz

Atlantic Economic Journal, 2004, vol. 32, issue 1, 10 pages

Abstract: There are grounds for immediate and long-term concerns with respect to the prospects for the stability of the euro's purchasing power. The immediate concerns arise from the pressures on the ECB to be more accommodative and the drive to weaken the Stability and Growth Pact. The long-term concerns arise from the spending obligations the member governments have assumed to provide pensions and health care to their aging populations for the next half-century, and the imminent enlargement of the EU to include ten states that are less economically and institutionally advanced than the present group of member states. The outlook is for greater spending by governments than their projected resources unless forces not now visible will strengthen the resolve of political leaders to serve the cause of a sound euro. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2004

Date: 2004
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DOI: 10.1007/BF02298614

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