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       Posted on December 2nd, 2012

The 2012 Euro Plus Monitor: The Rocky Road to Balanced Growth

The 2012 Euro Plus Monitor, the authoritative competitiveness ranking jointly published each year by Berenberg Bank and the Lisbon Council, ranks the 17 eurozone countries on a range of key macro-economic indicators. It provides a comprehensive view of progress – and retreat – throughout the European currency zone. Specifically, this innovative ranking is [...]


       Posted on October 18th, 2012

SMEs in the single market: A growth agenda for the 21st century

In the presence of European Commissioner Michel Barnier, the Lisbon Council launched SMEs in the Single Market: A Growth Agenda for the 21st Century. In this timely report, eight thought leaders offer strategic advice on how to unleash the potential of the single market to European entrepreneurs and SMEs – and in turn [...]


       Posted on April 25th, 2012

Wired for Growth and Innovation: How Digital Technologies are Reshaping Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses

Ann Mettler and Anthony D. Williams explain the potential of the Internet – and greater adoption of information and communication technology in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – to dramatically raise competitiveness, improve productivity and create 21st century jobs. This policy brief sets out a “to-do” list for policy makers to unleash the [...]


       Posted on February 28th, 2012

Making the European Stability Mechanism Work

In this new policy brief, Alessandro Leipold, chief economist of the Lisbon Council and former acting director of the European Department of the IMF, presents a seven-point programme for making the European Stability Mechanism a success. Drawing on his decades of experience in international finance, he argues that Europe’s leaders must move decisively [...]


       Posted on November 21st, 2011

The 2011 Euro Plus Monitor: Progress amid the Turmoil

Amid the worst turmoil in the history of European integration, many eurozone member countries are adjusting rapidly. If the eurozone gets through the grave crisis, it could emerge as a much more balanced and dynamic region than it was before. This is the major message of The 2011 Euro Plus Monitor, a new [...]


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