Daily Archives: April 29, 2009

Tony Barber

European Union policymakers like to make the point that, had the euro not existed, Europe would have suffered far more from the financial crisis and recession. Without the euro, there would have been a riot of competitive devaluations, causing angry recriminations among governments. Without the euro, countries such as Greece and Italy would have had nowhere to shelter from the storm. Without the euro, Ireland would have gone belly up and Dublin would be known as Reykjavik-on-the-Liffey.

All this is doubtless true. But if the euro is so successful, why is it unlikely to emerge from the economic crisis with an enhanced status in the global monetary order? This is a question asked, and answered very convincingly, in a new book, The Euro at Ten: The Next Global Currency? Read more