A Question of Identity

“The real challenge [deriving from the Eurozone crisis] is not just to work out the most efficient economic solution or the most persuasive political one, but to find a new narrative for the European Union, one that will give its inhabitants a new sense of identity and purpose.” This is the main thesis of Prof. Dennis Snower’s blog post, in which he elaborates on this issue and how to master that challenge.

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The Effects of Monetary Policy during Financial Crises: Initially Useful, but Subsequently Largely Ineffective

The effects of monetary policy during financial crises can dramatically differ from normal times. If central banks do not take this into consideration, their policies may lead to huge welfare losses. In a study, three researchers from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy investigated the financial policies of the past 30 years for 20 major economies.

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Creating Community: Social Media, a Tool for Integration

The current Europe-wide influx of migrants has undeniably sparked anti-foreigner sentiments across the entire continent. In Brussels, record numbers of incoming refugees are adding to the city’s already large pre-existing foreign-born population. Now, more than ever, we need a solution to ensure the successful integration between foreigners and locals. Btogether.be, a social networking site aiming to connect foreigners and locals in Brussels, will foster communication and interaction between various demographics, thus ensuring a happy, helpful community.

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“It’s an Economic Disaster”

Kristine and Douglas Tompkins, founders of Esprit and The North Face, were very successful in their businesses. Nowadays, their focus has shifted and their goal is now to preserve nature wherever they can. At the 2015 Global Economy Prize, we interviewed them on their perspectives on the relationship between business success and environmental protection.

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Desert2Eden: Let’s restore and develop degraded land in arid regions—and meet the sustainable development goals at the same time!

Christian Berg is Professor for Sustainability and Global Change at Clausthal University of Technology, Germany. In his blog post he explains the difficulties to meet the goals for a sustainable development and presents a new option to master these goals. By using the currently unused potential of deserts, based on his program Deserts2Eden.

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