Daily Archives: August 31, 2010

Ralph Atkins

Which is Europe’s most boring economy? Competition has been tough in the past three years. With banking systems almost collapsing, economic activity slumping, and then crawling back up again, policymakers – and journalists – have felt they were on a roller coaster pretty much everywhere in the continent.

Even countries such as Belgium, which prior to the crisis were not only economic stable but also small, have attracted international headlines. Its weak public finances led it to being dubbed the “Greece of the north”.

A strong contender would be the Netherlands. In the past year its unemployment rate has scarcely budged from around 4 per cent, amazingly low by European standards. Read more