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COVID-19, Trust and Solidarity in the EU

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Policy Report
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Recent evidence suggests that individual traits such as social capital are key determinants of how well the Covid-19 pandemic can be contained. It has been widely argued that the success of governments’ policies will be determined by trust and, at the same time, the pandemic itself is likely to affect trust, attitudes towards institutions and solidarity.

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How Financial Regulation Can Help Save the Planet

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EconPol Opinion
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Global authorities have longstanding worries about the impact of financial contagion on the economy: the domino effect of a failing bank can have severe repercussions, as the 2008 financial crash illustrated. To deal with these potential shocks, regulators and financial institutions have implemented risk management systems and processes designed to minimize the likelihood that such an event will be able to destroy the economy again.

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Auctioning Renewable Energy: How to Put a Price On It?

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EconPol Opinion
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The European Commission has set one of its key climate and energy targets as achieving a share of at least 32% for renewable energy over total energy consumed by 2030. But despite such a large share up for grabs, the methods by which renewable energy is bought and sold are far from clear. Renewable energy auctions have been implemented globally; they’re currently taking place in most countries in Europe and beyond 100 countries around the world.

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EU27 and the UK: Product Dependencies and the Implications of Brexit

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The COVID-19 crisis has shown the importance of supply chain diversification to mitigate the negative effect of unexpected supply shocks; the decision of the UK to leave the EU poses additional challenges to foreign trade. Irrespective of the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, trade costs between the UK and the EU will increase as a response to Brexit and cause disruptions in trade relations. In this report, the authors take a detailed look at goods that are dependent on few suppliers and show only a few products are imported solely from the UK, representing a negligible share of imports.

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