Paul Sweeney: With all the events happening in Europe and the lack of leadership by the Prime Ministers, Finance Ministers, the economic Commissioner s of the Union itself and most of all from the unelected leaders (laggards?) of the ECB, it is refreshing to read a view that gives some ideas on leadership.
Paul De Grauwe, formerly of Leuven University and now of LSE, has been on top of comment and in my opinion, sound solutions for the past three or four years of the crisis.
This is a well-written, clear and concise viewpoint, well worth reading in full.
Paul Sweeney is former Chief Economist of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. He was a President of the Statistical and Social Enquiry Society of Ireland, former member of the Economic Committee of the ETUC, a member of the National Competitiveness Council of Ireland, the National Statistics Board, the ESB, TUAC, (advisor to OECD) and several other bodies. He has written three books on the Irish economy and two on public enterprise, including The Celtic Tiger; Ireland’s Economic Miracle Explained and Selling Out: Privatisation in Ireland, chapters in other books and many articles on economics.