• Opinion piece by Simon Tilford
    Financial Times, 12 May 2011

    Even as the ink is drying on Portugal's European Union and International Monetary Fund bail-out agreement, evidence is mounting that last year's bail-outs of Greece and Ireland have failed. Far from improving their access to the financial markets, Greece and Ireland face record borrowing costs.

  • Insight by Simon Tilford, 09 May 2011

    Even as the ink is still drying on Portugal’s EU/IMF ‘bail-out’ agreement, it is becoming clear that Greece’s 2010 bail-out has failed to improve the sustainability of its public finances.

  • Bulletin article by Philip Whyte, 01 April 2011

    Ever since the eurozone crisis broke out in late 2009, European leaders have sought to reconcile two mutually incompatible objectives: the need to restore market confidence in the zone's indebted periphery; and the unbending refusal of creditor countries in the core to turn the zone into a 'transfer union'.

  • Insight by Simon Tilford, 31 March 2011

    Many European policy-makers and business leaders believe that a country's economic growth prospects depend on its ability to capture a growing share of global markets.

  • Bulletin article by Simon Tilford, 01 February 2011

    Germany has rightly been criticised for its dependence on exports and its huge trade surpluses. In normal times, when economies are growing healthily, trade imbalances pose less of a problem.

  • Insight by Katinka Barysch, 20 January 2011

    Will Greece have to restructure its debt? Among most West European economists and investors, this now seems to be a foregone conclusion.

  • Insight by Charles Grant, 13 January 2011

    At the end of last year, Europe lost Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, an eminent central banker and economist, and one of the founding fathers of the euro.

  • Insight by Simon Tilford, 09 December 2010

    Time is running out to prevent the eurozone crisis from imperilling Europe's banking system and with it the integrity of the currency union. It is beholden on policy-makers to minimise the economic (and hence political costs) to the EU.