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I had a rather unique experience a few days ago. I was invited to attend and speak at the Informal Competitiveness Council convened by Belgian Economy Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne. For those of you who don’t know Minister Van Quickenborne, he is not your usual politician. Technology-savvy, innovative and risk-taking, he truly stands out from… » read more

Posted by Ann Mettler

Today, the Lisbon Council publishes a sharp and timely new e-brief, written by our excellent Economic Advisor Alessandro Leipold, a former acting director of the European Department at the IMF. It’s a good moment to weigh in, with the European Council taking stock of the Van Rompoy taskforce on economic governance later this week. Personally,… » read more

Posted by Ann Mettler

In this Wall Street Journal editorial, I weigh into the “austerity” versus “stimulus” debate and criticise US efforts to compel Europeans to pump more (borrowed) money into the economy. To me, this is a false debate because so much of what today is called “austerity” is the new “reality.” We have lived for many years… » read more

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What can I say? There isn’t a person I know who didn’t see the impending Greek default coming. It’s a country that has had no strategy for generating growth, unfunded pension liabilities en masse, a bloated, inefficient state sector, poor educational institutions, and an abysmal demographic outlook. For years, these developments could be softened by… » read more

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Last week, the Lisbon Council hosted one of my favourite events ever, The 2010 Innovation Summit. It was what an event on innovation should be: open to new ideas, collaborative and, well, simply different. Intellectually, the discussions were underpinned by a new e-brief we launched at the occasion, entitled Wikinomics and the Era of Openness:… » read more

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Addendum: This blog was written based on a copy of Europe 2020 that was leaked to the press on or around 24 February. Since the launch on 3 March, we have subsequently learned that two of the original nine flagship programmes are no longer included in the final version. They are the “Energy Action Plan”… » read more

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Check out this video interview with Andreas Schleicher, head of the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment. The Lisbon Council hosted Andreas for the launch of his new study on the huge cost of low performance in education. The study holds important lessons for Europe, especially as we reflect on the substance of the EU… » read more

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Here is an editorial of mine published in this week’s European Voice, a first reaction to plans of imposing sanctions on economic non-performance. In a nutshell, my argument is that countries that don’t grow and that have high unemployment don’t need punishment from Brussels, as they are already punishing themselves (see Spain with 19% unemployment… » read more

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EU 2020: Innovating Indicators

With the reflection on EU 2020 in full swing, this e-brief weighs into the debate with an analysis about the political economy of indicators, as well as concrete recommendations on targets for the EU’s new economic blueprint. “Innovating Indicators: Choosing the Right Targets for EU 2020” is a unique reflection on how to measure and… » read more

Posted by Ann Mettler