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Episode 138
Featuring Adam Tooze
Demetri Kofinas speaks with Adam Tooze about the German Constitutional Court’s recent ruling on the legality of European Central Bank’s 2015 bond-buying program. Left unresolved, the ruling could undermine the very foundations of monetary policy and lead to the end of the Euro.

In Episode 138 of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Adam Tooze, professor of history and Director of the European Institute at Columbia University about the German Constitutional Court’s recent ruling. In its decision, the German Court finds that the European Central Bank’s 2015 bond-buying program would be illegal under German law unless the ECB can prove the purchases are justified. The ruling threatens to undermine the very credibility of Central Bank independence, which has always been predicated on a political consensus about what the proper role of monetary policy is, how it should operate, and what its objectives should be. 

This consensus no longer holds, not only in Europe but across much of the developed world. Left unresolved, the contradictions between the mandates of central banks and their policy actions will only worsen the type of political dysfunction that threatens the very independence that they seek to protect. 

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Episode Recorded on 05/15/2020

Adam Tooze is the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History and the Director of the European Institute at Columbia University. Before joining Columbia he taught at Yale and the University of Cambridge. Adam Tooze is the author of four prize-winning books:

Statistics and the German State: The Making of Modern Economic Knowledge (2001)

Wages of Destruction: the making and breaking of the Nazi economy (2006)

Deluge: the Great War and the remaking of the global order (2014)

Crashed: How a decade of financial crises changed the world appeared in August 2018. It was awarded the Lionel Gelber Prize for 2019. Tooze is a prolific blogger and contributor to newspapers and journals around the world. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian and  Foreign Policy magazine. In 2019 he was named one of Foreign Policy magazine's 100 global thinkers. He is currently working on a book about the COVID-19 economic crisis.

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