02 March 2017

The Euro and the Battle of Ideas

Markus Brunnermeier, Harold James and Jean-Pierre Landau
2016, Princeton University Press, 328 pages,
ISBN 978-0691172927

Reviewer: Rebecca Harding

This book’s laudable objective is to explain the crisis of the Euro, and indeed the Eurozone since the global financial crisis, in terms of the ‘war of ideas’ between Germany and France. It starts with the Deauville meeting between Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy in 2010 and argues that this was the point at which the clash of visions between the two resulted in ‘dramatic’ but…

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