The last chance to rescue the euro

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Series Details 18.5.12
Publication Date 18/05/2012
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Commentary feature. Austerity policies designed to sustain credibility have begun to have the opposite effect.

The central point – blindingly obvious but lost to the cacophony – is that what matters is the mix and sequencing of policy choices. Deficit-reduction depends on growth, but growth is sustainable only in the context of preprogrammed fiscal discipline. Thinking in terms of binary choices is self-defeating: when the discussion turns to Keynes versus Hayek, the game is lost.

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