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Improving economic policy The Sound of Economics is the podcast channel of Bruegel, the European think tank working to improve economic policy. Our shows bring you insights, debates, and research-based commentaries to what's hot in economic policy in Europe and beyond. Bruegel is an independent and non-doctrinal think tank. It seeks to contribute to European and global economic policy-making through open, fact-based and policy-relevant research, analysis and debate.

Improving economic policy The Sound of Economics is the podcast channel of Bruegel, the European think tank working to improve economic policy. Our shows bring you insights, debates, and research-based commentaries to what's hot in economic policy in Europe and beyond. Bruegel is an independent and non-doctrinal think tank. It seeks to contribute to European and global economic policy-making through open, fact-based and policy-relevant research, analysis and debate.
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Improving economic policy The Sound of Economics is the podcast channel of Bruegel, the European think tank working to improve economic policy. Our shows bring you insights, debates, and research-based commentaries to what's hot in economic policy in Europe and beyond. Bruegel is an independent and non-doctrinal think tank. It seeks to contribute to European and global economic policy-making through open, fact-based and policy-relevant research, analysis and debate.

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27: Director's Cut: The economics of no-deal Brexit

1/16/2019
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**Bruegel director Guntram Wolff is joined by senior fellow Zsolt Darvas to rake through the possibilities and probabilities inherent in a no-deal Brexit scenario, covering trade, the Irish border, citizens' rights and the EU budget.** Bruegel senior fellow Zsolt Darvas joins Guntram Wolff for this Director's Cut, to discuss the economic fall-out of a no-deal Brexit. While the UK remains without an agreement on the nature of its relationship with the EU beyond March 29th 2019, the...

Duration:00:26:20

26: Deep Focus: Europe's auto industry and the global electric vehicle revolution

1/8/2019
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**Bruegel fellows Reinhilde Veugelers and Simone Tagliapietra elaborate on the recent Policy Contribution they co-authored on the European automotive industry in the light of the global electric vehicle revolution.** Electrification is a key trend transforming the global automotive industry, especially in the light of increased decarbonisation efforts. The speed at which the technology is being developed and the decreasing production costs make for a rather optimistic prognosis for future...

Duration:00:20:22

25: Director's Cut: Wrapping up 2018

12/20/2018
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**With 2018 drawing to a close, and the dawn of 2019 imminent, Bruegel's scholars reflect on the economic policy developments we can expect in the new year – one that brings with it the additional uncertainty of European elections.** These elections will be a bellwether for the continent-wide rise of populist politics that has been a defining characteristic of the year past. The results will certainly have profound consequences for all policy debates within the EU, but also for the bloc's...

Duration:00:34:56

24: Deep Focus: Consequences of European Central Bank forecasting errors

12/12/2018
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**Bruegel senior scholar Zsolt Darvas speaks about his review of systematic errors in ECB forecasting, in another instalment of the Deep Focus podcast on 'The Sound of Economics' channel** In this episode of the Deep Focus, Sean Gibson speaks with Bruegel senior scholar Zsolt Darvas about his research on European Central Bank forecasting. Zsolt has analysed that, over the past five years, ECB forecasts have proven to be systematically incorrect: core inflation remained broadly stable at 1%...

Duration:00:16:37

23: Deep Focus: Balancing distributional inequalities of climate policies

12/7/2018
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**Bruegel fellow Georg Zachmann talks through a Bruegel Blueprint he has co-authored, looking into the potential distributional effects of climate policies, in another episode of the Deep Focus series.** Climate change is one of the big questions of this century, and mitigating its effects remains an enormous challenge. Decarbonisation will require a massive shift in our economies. Heating, transport, electricity and industry will have to transition to a world without fossil fuels....

Duration:00:12:39

22: Backstage: Transitioning towards sustainable finance

11/30/2018
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In this episode of the Backstage series, Bruegel's Non-Resident Fellow Dirk Schoenmaker welcomes Molly Scott Cato, a Green party MEP for South West England, for a conversation on the EU's plan to transition towards sustainable finance. To achieve the EU's 2030 targets agreed in Paris, such as a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions, in May 2018, the Commission announced its action plan on sustainable finance. Its aims are, among others, to facilitate sustainable investment and improve the...

Duration:00:10:24

21: Backstage: Shared prosperity for the EU and north Africa

11/27/2018
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**Bruegel's director Guntram Wolff looks at north Africa's economic growth in the light of the region's trade agreements with the EU, welcoming Karim El Aynaoui and Uri Dadush to the Backstage series on 'The Sound of Economics'.** In this episode of Backstage, Bruegel's director Guntram Wolff welcomes Uri Dadush, a non-resident scholar at Bruegel and a Senior Fellow at the OCP Policy Center, as well as Karim El Aynaoui, managing director at the OCP Policy Center. Together, they look at north...

Duration:00:19:21

20: Director's Cut: The past and the future of European banking supervision

11/23/2018
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In this episode of the Director's cut, Bruegel's director Guntram Wolff hosts a conversation with Danièle Nouy, the first chair of the European Single Supervisory Mechanism. On the eve of the end of her mandate she traces the legacy of her five years and the prospects for the future of banking supervision in Europe.

Duration:00:41:59

19: Deep Focus: The G20 in a changing world order

11/20/2018
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In November 2008, the first G20 summit at the leaders' level took place amid the global financial crisis. The admittedly ambitious undertaking has since played its role in stabilising the global economy throughout the aftershocks of the crash. Today, the global order looks much different to the one in which the G20 found itself 10 years ago. How has the institution evolved and is it still equipped to create a supportive political environment for strong national and global actions? In this...

Duration:00:27:45

18: Director’s cut: What Syrian refugees need to return home

11/15/2018
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This episode of the Director’s Cut features a conversation between Bruegel’s director, Guntram Wolff and Maha Yahya, the director of the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on citizenship, pluralism, and social justice in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings. Yahya is the author of numerous publications, including most recently “Unheard Voices: What Syrian Refugees Need to Return Home” (April 2018); “The Summer of Our Discontent: Sects and Citizens in Lebanon and Iraq”...

Duration:00:28:37

17: Backstage: How think-tanks can make themselves heard in an information-rich world

11/8/2018
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Think-tanks play a critical role in developing and promoting policy solutions, particularly in times of extreme disruption and change. However, these organisations now operate in information-rich societies where facts, evidence and credible research are often ignored – and where disinformation can gain a footing. In this edition of the Bruegel Backstage podcast series on ‘The Sound of Economics’, Bruegel secretary general Matt Dann welcomes senior thought leaders from research centres around...

Duration:00:45:19

16: Director’s Cut: Options yet open for a Brexit deal

11/7/2018
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The final act of the Brexit negotiations is upon us, with many questions still seemingly unresolved and the future relationship between the EU and the UK yet uncertain. The EU remains unyielding on compromising the integrity of the single market, with the UK struggling to propose an agreement suitable both for the EU as well as its own nuanced internal political situation. With the numbers delicately balanced in the UK’s House of Commons, whose MPs have to ratify the final deal, the subtlest...

Duration:00:29:14

15: Deep Focus: How to improve anti-money laundering efforts in Europe

10/30/2018
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**Bruegel senior fellow Nicolas Véron joins Sean Gibson to delve into the recent Policy Contribution on how to better the European Union anti-money laundering (AML) regime, a paper he has co-written with Joshua Kirschenbaum.** The study offers a response to the evident flaws of the present system, exemplified by a series of banking scandals in multiple European Union countries, and amplified by changing geopolitics. The shortcomings of the current legal framework are identified by the...

Duration:00:09:55

14: Backstage: Japan’s inflation problem and monetary policy options

10/26/2018
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**Bruegel senior fellow Zsolt Darvas welcomes Sayuri Shirai, professor at Keio University, visiting scholar at the Asian Development Bank Institute and former Member of the Policy Board of the Bank of Japan (BOJ), for a discussion of the Japanese monetary policy outlook.** Japan is often portrayed in the economic circles as a country facing decades of loss, as it has long been experiencing slow economic growth and sluggish underlying inflation, despite numerous attempts at boosting it. The...

Duration:00:22:52

13: Director’s Cut: How to reform and fortify the global financial system

10/23/2018
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**Bruegel director Guntram Wolff is joined by Tharman Shanmugaratnam, deputy prime minister of Singapore and chair of the G20 Eminent Persons Group, and Jean Pisani-Ferry, mercator senior fellow at Bruegel, for a conversation about the growth and stability challenges facing the global financial system, and how the system can be better equipped to deal with the significant and novel problems of the future.** In this Director’s Cut of ‘The Sound of Economics’ Guntram Wolff is joined by...

Duration:00:30:13

12: Backstage: The new balance of Asia-EU-US trade relations

10/17/2018
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**Amid the Asia-Europe Economic Forum on the fringes of the 12th ASEM Summit, Bruegel senior fellow hosts a conversation on developing global trade relations, with guests Moonsung Kang, professor as Korea University, and Michael G. Plummer, director at SAIS Europe – Johns Hopkins University, for an episode of the Bruegel Backstage series on ‘The Sound of Economics’.** With Bruegel hosting the two-day Asia-Europe Economic Forum in the same week as the Asia-Europe Meeting takes place in...

Duration:00:19:21

11: Deep Focus: Renewing the clean energy strategy in the Mediterranean

10/16/2018
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**In this episode of Deep Focus, Bruegel research fellow Simone Tagliapeitra explains how the nature of cross-Mediterranean energy relations needs to change, not only in line with new climate-change targets but also to meet the burgeoning energy demand outside Europe.** Oil and gas dominated Euro-Mediterranean energy relations in the 20th century, but with the turn of the 21st century came a new focus on renewable sources. The new ventures were less successful than those of old, and both...

Duration:00:14:12

10: Director’s Cut: How does Italy’s budget fit with EU fiscal rules?

10/9/2018
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**In this Director’s Cut of ‘The Sound of Economics’, Guntram Wolff welcomes Bruegel research fellow Grégory Claeys to assess how the new Italian budget proposals measure up against the existing EU fiscal rules.** Italy’s new budget proposals, together with projected deficit levels for the coming years, have put the EU as well as bond-market investors on alert. In the context of Italy’s already-high ratio of public debt to GDP, the coalition government’s plan to increase the budget deficit...

Duration:00:23:58

9: Backstage: Implications of the new EU-Japan trade deal

10/4/2018
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**Bruegel senior fellow André Sapir welcomes Tamotsu Nakamura, dean of Kobe University’s Graduate School of Economics, and Maria Åsenius, head of cabinet to European trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström, for a discussion of the EU-Japan economic partnership in the context of heightening global trade tensions.** The EU and Japan have signed a landmark trade deal this summer that will create the world’s largest open economic area. The economic partnership agreement will be the biggest...

Duration:00:25:11

8: Director’s Cut: Is economics asking the right questions?

10/2/2018
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**Bruegel deputy director Maria Demertzis welcomes Financial Times commentator Martin Sandbu to explore the journey taken by the field of economics since the financial crisis struck 10 years ago, and discusses what new tools economics has now that it didn’t have then.** In this Director’s Cut of ‘The Sound of Economics’, we trace the journey upon which the field of economics has embarked since the financial crisis, what lessons it has learnt and what it can do differently now with the...

Duration:00:21:14