For a Kinder, Gentler Society
Euro Error
  • Jean-Jacques Rosa
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Who among Europeans could be against "Europe"? This is the continent where the standard of living is highest in the whole world, where the culture is the oldest and at the same time the richest in diversity, where the way of life is most pleasant, and where democracy is the most generally widespread. But if Europeans are so happy with their continent, what kind of Europe do they want for the future?

The author shows that the idea of a single currency and Very Great State belong in the domain of administrative Utopia

About the Author

Jean-Jacques Rosa was one of the first, and one of the few, professional economists to consistently warn against the hazards of implementing a single currency and creating the "euro zone."

The author of more than ten books on political economy, Dr. Rosa is an economist who is familiar with finance, public choice, and organizational analysis of firms and other institutions. He likes to apply fundamental but non-technical (although rigorous) economic reasoning to social and political phenomena.

Dr. Rosa was an economic adviser to the French Prime Minister, 1997-1999. He founded the MBA program and two doctoral programs in business finance at the Inst. of Political Studies, Paris, which takes a practical and broad-based approach to the study of economic, political and social problems; he taught at Sciences Po from 1978 to 2008 and is now a Professor Emeritus.

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Does Europe still have a choice? Do we still have a choice? The Euro was eagerly adopted by governments, the media, and sometimes even by European citizens. They promised us less unemployment and more freedom. But the outcome was not so...

Does Europe still have a choice? Do we still have a choice? The Euro was eagerly adopted by governments, the media, and sometimes even by European citizens. They promised us less unemployment and more freedom. But the outcome was not so certain.

It was high time for an economist, independent minded and free from special interests, to sound the alarm. Jean-Jacques Rosa denounces the creation of the European single currency as the most serious error made since the deflationist policy of the 1920s, which brought turned the 1929 stock market crash into a decade of tragedy. In coming to this judgement, Jean-Jacques Rosa applies logic, the truths of everyday existence, human experience, and statistical proof. Isn't the Euro, then, really just the political desire to melt the European nations into one state? But wouldn't the right size for today's nations be infinitely more modest?

Starting with the formation of the common market at the end of the Fifties, intended to restore the free exchange of goods, services, men and capital after the wave of protectionism and isolationism of the depression years and the war, the European leadership elites have gone on to erecting a plan for a monetary and thus a political Europe, that of a very great State and a single State. Otherwise, they suggest, we will be relegated to decline and impotence and finally to obliteration. Not to want Europe unified, statist and monetarist, would be not to want Europe, as if the latter could admit only that one definition, only that one design. A typical example of politically correct thinking.

Against the trend of intellectual conformity, the timidity of the elites, and the knee-jerk approbation of Franco-German integration, Jean-Jacques Rosa, often polemical, suggests it's time we exited from this impasse -- from our European error.

(Originally published by Editions Grasset & Fasquelle, 1998. Translated from French by Andrea Secara.)


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Pages 268
Year: 1999
LC Classification: HG925.R67
Dewey code: 332.4’94—dc21
BISAC: POL011000
BISAC: POL023000
BISAC: BUS045000
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ISBN: 978-1-892941-00-8
Price: USD 18.95
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