16 Apr 2020

Funding the public response to the corona crisis without increasing debt and austerity. With Europe in lock-down, awareness is rising that monetary financing is the appropriate way to fund the public response to the corona-crisis. Member States should not be forced to look for funding on the capital market. Instead, they should receive targeted funding directly from their national centr...

29 Mar 2020

Preventing financial crisis by issuance of euros The corona crisis causes a sharp increase of debt. As interest rates rise debt burdens become untenable. A health crisis threatens to become an overall financial crisis. The ECB can prevent this by using its exclusive power to authorise the issuance of emergency euros. The European System of Central Banks (ESCB) can contain the coron...

02 Mar 2020

For years, the ECB has been shooting with bazookas. It has rarely hit its target. Criticism is growing. How do we arrive at effective monetary policy? This is a regulatory issue which transcends the competence of the ECB. The legislator must act and change the institutional order, to enable the ECB to govern the euro sensibly. The ECB is stuck in a straitjacket which it cannot undo o...

03 Dec 2019

Why are deposit rates persistently low? In the Netherlands (and other developed countries) interest rates have been falling for thirty years. They are now likely to become negative for the ordinary saver. What is the cause and how can it be solved? Economists give various explanations for the ever-falling interest rates. Two groups can be distinguished. The first group relates the dec...

04 Sep 2019

The euro gets competition. Starting next year, we can also pay in libra, the digital currency that Facebook recently announced. If we massively opt for online payment convenience, banks and national states might become servants upholding a money system run by a few billionaires. The libra builds on the current money system operated by banks. That system is based on debt and therefore ...