Ist der Euro gefährdet? Is the European currency euro put at risk?

  • Armin Rohde
  • Frank Ehrhold
Keywords: Euro-Currency-Area, exchange rates, monetary policy, inflation, stability of the price level, national debt, national competiveness, wage policy


Due to high national debt in several member states of the Euro-Currency-Area which led to huge relief programmes the single European currency Euro seems to be at risk. Bur neither inflation rates nor exchange rate movements of the Euro since 1999 up to 2011 give reasons to believe that an up to now success story of the Euro will come to a sudden end in shortness. On the other hand it often had been argued that increasing national debt will inevitably lead to higher inflation rates and will endanger a currency by permanent devaluation. But the institutional and legal framework of the European monetary policy, if used correctly, will give sufficient protection against inflation pressure due to increasing national debt. The most danger for the European currency or for the European-Currency-Area can be seen in drifting apart of national competiveness between the member states of the Euro- Area, especially due to an existing lack of coordination in wage policy. Different wage policies in the member states of the Euro-Area in the past had led to different national inflation rates and had caused calculated real exchange rate movements which had lasting influence on national competiveness, which hamper international trade in the case of real appreciation or which promote international trade in the case of real depreciation..


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Author Biographies

Armin Rohde
Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald
Frank Ehrhold
Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald
How to Cite
Rohde, A., & Ehrhold, F. (1). Ist der Euro gefährdet? Is the European currency euro put at risk?. Estonian Discussions on Economic Policy, 19(1).
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