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By John Mills (auth.)

Europe's monetary challenge analyses the explanations why the eu Union's development expense has fallen over the past area of a century to little greater than a 3rd of its earlier point. It concludes that the most important cause has been politically pushed makes an attempt to fasten ecu currencies jointly in irrelevant financial situations. those have ended in persistent deflation, emerging unemployment and falling funding and competitiveness as european Member States, with no alternate cost flexibility, have chanced on themselves not able to compete with Germany.

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A substantial proportion of the rest of the rise in output, however, went on increasing the German The Historical Background 35 standard of living, as rising spending power from both the public and the private sector worked its way through to German factories. Much of the initial increase in expenditure was financed by borrowing on a large scale, some of it through bonds, but much of it from the banking system. There was a large expansion in the money supply. Increased tax revenues, however, flowing from the greatly increased scale of economic activity, kept the finances of the regime in bounds, which was partly why inflationary pressures were subdued.

The growth rate has not, however, improved. On the other hand, the Japanese economy grew for decades at 6% per annum or more with rigidities in the labour market which were far greater than those in Europe. Faced with this contrast, it never has been plausible to argue that employment conditions themselves have been the root cause of Europe's problems. Surely the correct implication is that good employment conditions can be afforded if the economy is competitive, as was the case in Japan. If, however, the economy is uncompetitive enough, as a result of misjudged macro-economic policies, no degree of job insecurity will make up the difference.

An interesting insight on these processes is provided by those who for one reason or another have found themselves excluded from the mainstream of political life in the countries where they live. These groups have not had the same ability to urge their children into non-commercial or industrial ways of earning a living as other groups of people. The Quakers and Nonconformists in Britain, the Huguenots in France and Jewish communities everywhere have fallen into these categories. It is no coincidence that these groups of people have made disproportionately important economic contributions to the countries where they have lived.

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