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The Amsterdam Center for Corporate Finance (ACCF) organizes a seminar on the Eurocrisis on Wednesday 30 November upcoming. Professor Paul De Grauwe (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) will talk about 'The fragile Governance of the Eurozone'. Paul De Grauwe is a leading economist in the field of international monetary economics. When: 15:30 hours (start 16:00 hours) till 18:00 hours, ending with a social drink. Where: Amsterdam Hilton Hotel, Apollolaan 138, Amsterdam Please register in advance and send an e-mail to: (By invitation only)

Event details of ACCF Seminar on Eurocrisis with Paul De Grauwe, 30 November 2011
Date 30 November 2011
Time 15:00 -18:00


When entering a monetary union, member countries change the nature of their sovereigndebt in a fundamental way, i.e. they cease to have control over the currency in which their debt is issued. As a result, financial markets can force these countries’ sovereigns into default. In this sense, member countries of a monetary union are downgraded to the status of emerging economies. This makes the monetary union fragile and vulnerable to changing market sentiments. It also makes it possible that self-fulfilling multiple equilibria arise.

This paper analyzes the implications of this fragility for the governance of the eurozone. It concludes that the new governance structure – the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), which is intended to be successor starting in 2013 of the European Financial Stability Mechanism (EFSF), created in May 2010 – does not sufficiently recognize this fragility. Some of the features of the new financial assistance are likely to increase this fragility. In addition, it is also likely to present member countries from using the automatic stabilizers during a recession. This is surely a step backward in the long history of social progress in Europe. Paul De Grauwe concludes by suggesting a different approach for dealing with these problems.

A link to the full version of the paper can be found below.