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Gustav Dieckheuer and Boguslaw Fiedor

There is an ongoing discussion about causes and consequences of economic globalization. The effects of growing international trade, worldwide integration and international policy co-ordination are widespread and thus call our attention. This book focuses on four major topics of the debate: the conditions for a country’s trade on worldwide growing markets for goods and capital; environmental problems caused by international economic growth; effects of increasing international competition; national macro-policies under the influence of increasing international interdependencies.
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Gustav Dieckheuer and Boguslaw Fiedor

Nowadays persistent unemployment is one of the main economic problems in Germany as well as in other countries of the European Union. For many years economic growth has obviously been too low to give impulses strong enough to improve the situation on the European labour markets effectively. There are several reasons for this situation. These topics compose the background of a collection of articles published in this book. The articles mainly deal with the following aspects: causes of unemployment in the European Union, technological changes, skills and structural unemployment, institutional conditions on labour markets, importance of international trade and foreign direct investment, employment effects of monetary policy, chances and risks of liberalized labour markets.
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Gustav Dieckheuer and Boguslaw Fiedor

Sustainable development has become one of the topics in modern economics. Since the Club of Rome pointed to limitations of economic growth caused by shortage of natural resources and environmental destruction, western industrial countries have made efforts to avoid these limitations and to establish conditions for sustainable growth. This is the background of a collection of articles published in this book. They are focused on theoretical analysis of growth and environment, political activities concerning environmental improvement, and actual problems of sustainable development in Poland.
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Gustav Dieckheuer and Boguslaw Fiedor

After more than a decade of transformation and catching-up to the present members of the EU the applicant countries now comply with many of the political and economic requirements laid down at the Copenhagen summit in 1993. Because of such a clear direction it is necessary and advisable to take a close look at the chances and the risks of the enlargement for the old member countries as well as for the new ones. This is the background of a collection of articles published in this book. The papers cover a wide range of important aspects of the EU eastern enlargement, for instance trade effects, country-specific as well as EU politics, regional transborder co-operation and monetary issues concerning a country’s currency regime.