The convergence path? Thorny but passable


2004, a point of departure, more than arrival, with important choices and outright challenges. Entrance in the EU renews the debate on the trade-off between policies for a real convergence and policies for a nominal convergence. But, the two paths do not necessarily buck the trend and today all of the countries are in agreement on accelerating their entry in the EMU, with the single constraint of fiscal stabilisation. Instead, the debate remains open on the best exchange policy in the years immediately prior to the adoption of the Euro.

2004, a point of departure, more than arrival, with important choices and outright challenges. Entrance in the EU renews the debate on the trade-off between policies for a real convergence and policies for a nominal convergence. But, the two paths do not necessarily buck the trend and today all of the countries are in agreement on accelerating their entry in the EMU, with the single constraint of fiscal stabilisation. Instead, the debate remains open on the best exchange policy in the years immediately prior to the adoption of the Euro.

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