Victor Broers

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Victor Broers

Victor Broers is a political-economic analyst, focusing on European and macroeconomic affairs. During the credit and euro crises he worked as a policy advisor for the Dutch Minister of Finance. In 2014, he published two books: Europa in het Rood, about the causes and consequences of the financial crisis in Europe, and Thomas Piketty's Kapitaal, about growing inequality and the public debate around this subject. Today Broers has his own consultancy company.

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Europe's regional question

Will Freddy Heineken be proven right after all? Will Europe function better, both politically and economically, if divided into smaller, autonomous regions? In 1992, the Dutch beer magnate published a book called The United States of Europe (a Eurotopia?)...

Knowing the nation: data and the need for vision

"Give me control of a nation's money supply, and I care not who makes its laws", Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the patriarch of the powerful French-British banking dynasty allegedly once said. In the Rothschild era those who controlled the world of finance could stay above the state, above the law. In present times the same applies to those who control our core technologies and our data...

A reassuring election result, the Dutch way

The Dutch have spoken. Even before the official election results are announced, one can conclude that Mark Rutte, with his liberal right VVD-party, has won by a landslide. It was an unexpected victory that caused great relief, not only in The Netherlands but in the whole of Europe...

Globalization: change of a leading narrative

In January, the world was confronted with a landmark moment in modern history: the newly sworn-in President of the United States Donald J. Trump pulled the country out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a 12-country Pacific trade treaty...

The post-referendum era: time to look forward

What will Britain look like, now that it has decided to leave the European Union? And what are its opportunities in a post Brexit-era, with an unstable Europe and a destabilizing geopolitical context? Although it has not yet been decided when the formal exit-procedure will be triggered, the British government has made it very clear that the popular decision will be final...

The impact of Brexit: dealing with political uncertainty

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics," the former conservative British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli is thought to have said once...

"All Rise!": assessing the Fed’s moves

On December 16, the United States Federal Reserve (Fed) raised interest rates for the first time in nine years, a move some fear will cause major negative effects, while others believe was long overdue...

A declining euro-dollar rate: food for debate

Since May 2014, the euro-collar exchange rate has seen a significant decline. This may seem remarkable, especially compared to the two-year period before, when the value of the euro steadily rose from approximately $1.20 to almost $1.40...

Southern Europe and Piketty’s analysis: inequality and regional differences

If one were to name a single issue that almost all European countries have in common, it would be increasing economic inequality...