This contribution by the President of France is what Europe needs. Finally a leader who does not say that Europe is responsible for what goes wrong and that national politics can take credit for every success. On this basis we should now start a debate on the detailed proposals. The main danger will be to avoid the slippery slope from a 'Europe that protects' to a European protectionism. The European economy will be stronger if its subject to vigorous global competition, even if that competition might at times appear unfair to some.
fears that bringing the current bout of inflation under control will carry high costs, suggests ways monetary policymakers can protect their reputations, defends the UK Treasury from accusations that it is too powerful, and more.
For decades, relative global stability, sound economic-policy management, and the steady expansion of trade to and from emerging markets combined to keep costs down. But now all these conditions have been overturned, and the world is settling into a dangerous and destabilizing new regime.
explains why the long era of low inflation, cheap imports, and consistent growth is now over.