From the acclaimed author of Bernanke's Test, "an essential title for any reader with investments or interest in financial instruments" (Library Journal).
The End of the Euro begins with an overview of the birth of the euro itself. Understanding this history is essential to understand the anomalies built into the project from the beginning. These anomalies form the subject of chapter two, along with how they led to the situation that turned Greece, Portugal, and Spain into euro-destroying economic disaster areas. Chapter three shows how this was not an unforeseeable situation, as Europe's history is filled with earlier failed attempts to build monetary unions. Chapter four is focused on Germany, by far the most important country within EMU, and why the chances of Germany leaving the union are much higher than is generally assumed. The book concludes with an analysis of what lies in wait for the remains of the monetary unionand for a deeply divided and troubled continent in general. Either the EMU transforms itself fundamentally or it disintegrates.
"Johan Van Overtveldt is a consistently insightful and incisive writer and I await each of his books with real anticipation." Tyler Cowen, The Marginal Revolution blog
"A whole generation of Europeans has found comfort in the idea that economic cooperation has overruled the pull of power politics and even some basic laws of economics. This book forcefully squashes that illusion. A must-read!" Jonathan Holslag, research fellow at the Brussels Free University