The European Commission’s Proposed Financial Transactions Tax

On September 28, 2011, the European Commission formally proposed a plan to implement an EU-wide financial transactions tax (FTT)[1]. Unanimity is required to implement such a proposal at the EU level and this is impossible as many member states, notably the United Kingdom and Sweden, oppose it [2]. As a way around this, in Oct […]

The Damaged ECB Legitimacy

The European Central Bank was once known for its focus on price stability. Since the global economic crisis, however, its role has extended to saving banks and sovereign countries. This column argues that such a move has badly harmed the institution’s legitimacy – something that will damage both its policy effectiveness and confidence in the […]