Pierre Werner et l’Europe : pensée, action, enseignements – Pierre Werner and Europe: His Approach, Action and Legacy
The centenary of the birth of Pierre Werner (1913–2013) offered a timely opportunity to reflect on the personality and achievements of this politician from Luxembourg who left his mark on the future of his country and on the European integration process. On 27 and 28 November 2013, some 30 renowned experts and researchers including historians, economists, legal experts and political scientists, together with major players in economic and monetary affairs, assembled in Luxembourg for a conference during which they analysed Pierre Werner’s European vision and offered an international perspective on the relevance of his approach in light of the challenges facing us in the 21
Is Germany the Main Beneficiary of the Euro?
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” presupposes that there is a benefit. If there wasn’t, the question should be reformulated – “Who is the greatest contributor to the costs of the euro?” or “Who is the smallest contributor?” – or something like that. And at any rate, although the public debate focuses on that, we’re not talking only about Germany, we’re talking about several countries – for simplicity, let’s call them “the north” – that seem to do well, and others – let’s call them “the south” – who have run into deep problems. Any simple classification runs into the obvious problem of where to draw the demarcation line. Is Ireland part of the south? Is France part of the north? And what about Belgium, with its own north and south?
Who is winning and who is losing, if anyone?
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