The End of the Euro by Johan Van Overtveldt
The Uneasy Future of the European Union

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The End of the Euro begins with an overview of the birth of the euro itself. Understanding this history is essential to understand the anomalies built into the project from the beginning. These anomalies form the subject of chapter two, along with how they led to the situation that turned Greece, Portugal, and Spain into euro-destroying economic disaster areas. Chapter three shows how this was not an unforeseeable situation, as Europe’s history is filled with earlier failed attempts to build monetary unions. Chapter four is focused on Germany, by far the most important country within EMU, and why the chances of Germany leaving the union are much higher than is generally assumed. The book concludes with an analysis of what lies in wait for the remains of the monetary union — and for a deeply divided and troubled continent in general. Either the EMU transforms itself fundamentally or it disintegrates.
 

About Johan Van Overtveldt

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Johan Van Overtveldt, PhD, is the director of the Belgium-based think tank VKW Metena, which treats a breadth of economics-related issues. He was formerly the chief economist for the Belgian newsmagazine Trends, and he contributes frequently to the Wall Street Journal Europe and other publications.
 
Published November 9, 2011 by Agate B2. 208 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The principle problem with this concise book is, of course, that the whole drama continues. I write as British Prime Minister David Cameron has just dropped a bomb into the laps of his 26 European Union partners by refusing to go along with a new treaty aimed at reinforcing economic integration a...

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