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Written and edited by European Generation, a Bocconi Students Association.

January 20, 2020

​​​On November 1, Mario Draghi officially concluded his duty as president of the European Central Bank (ECB) after eight challenging years, yielding the floor to the former International Monetary Fund Chairman Christine Lagarde who will have to face as many issues as her predecessor. It is undeniable how relevant the ECB has been during the past years in managing the post-crisis period and maintaining the eurozone stability. I...

January 18, 2020

Everything seemed to be clear. In the run-up to the European elections 2019, both the European Parliament (EP) and the Commission agreed that the lead-candidate of the winning party should after the election also be elected as the new President of the Commission. But as it happens so often, things looked different as soon as the election results were there. 

While the European People’s Party (EPP) with their Spitzenkandidat Man...

December 24, 2019

The strengthening of the European banking has become a topic of debate again lately. In this article we will develop our knowledge of what we mean by banking union, the steps have already been taken toward creating a banking union for the eurozone and of the current challenges and opportunities for future developments.

Why a banking union?

Everything starts in 2007, with the collapse of the US real estate market, which exposed t...

December 13, 2019

On 28th October 2019, the deadline to achieve a Brexit agreement was postponed to 31st January 2020. Under the Withdrawal Act, not reaching an agreement on that date will result in a no-deal Brexit. This would be the worst-case scenario as the UK would automatically leave the EU without legal arrangements and it would be formally recognized as a third country (i.e. non-EU country without any special rights or privileges). The...

December 9, 2019

In the past decades there has been a major progress towards equal gender conditions all around the world. New frontiers of equality have been reached and it is not as rare as it used to be to see a woman in charge. However, all these big improvements shadow subtle inequalities that still take place in the job market, hidden behind the veil of common belief that living in a modern world implies that we live in an equal world.

Pa...

December 7, 2019

Clean energy refers to the process of producing electric power using renewable resources such as wind, water, or solar energy. It has been a trendy topic of debate for quite some time now, due to younger generations’ concerns over human and environmental well-being. In order to understand how actions against climate change work (or do not work), we have to acknowledge how states take these decisions.

Different agendas, shared o...

December 2, 2019

In recent years, one term that has dominated the news headlines regarding international trade: ‘trade wars’. Especially the rise in tensions between the United States and China, two of the biggest economies on the planet, has economists worried about its impact on the global economy. The European Generation saw this as an opportunity to organize a talk at Bocconi University to discuss what is at stake for the European Union an...

November 24, 2019

The latest fiscal measure presented by the Italian government, and now to be examined and approved by the Senate, has been and still is subject of debate - one of its most controversial points being Article 79 of the Legislative Decree n.124/2019. Not surprisingly, I might add, as it deals with one of the hottest topics of the moment, that one word that is hard to pronounce in front of green enthusiasts, the evil of our times...

November 14, 2019

As most of you will be easily able to deduct from this article, I am very interested in monetary policy, but I often feel like outside the ‘economics world’ only a few people actually have knowledge about the functioning of the European Central Bank (ECB). This article aims at filling these gaps in a very concise way, outlining only the most relevant aspects of this complex machine. 

1. What is the ECB?

The history of this insti...

November 10, 2019

​A couple of months back, the story of a young baby girl called Pia resonated in the European press. The family of this nine-month-old toddler launched a social media campaign and text messaging to raise €1.9 million, the price of the medication to counteract Pia’s disease. She had been diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), an orphan genetic disease weakening her muscles progressively. The treatment is for the moment...

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