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Tue, May 26, 2020

EU looks for next step in coronavirus economic response

An agreement within the EU to not only jointly issue debt, but to disburse the proceeds of those debt issuances in the form of grants to financially weaker member states, would be an important moment in capital markets.

New Atlanticist by Bart Oosterveld

Coronavirus European Union

Mon, May 18, 2020

Partial Eurobond not the answer to Europe’s coronavirus economic downturn

Some have argued that a partial Eurobond instrument, backed for example by France, Italy, and Spain, could be set up as a risk sharing and/or solidarity tool to partially finance the recovery out of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. This is a truly awful idea as such an instrument would deliver none of the potential benefits of a Eurobond, while simultaneously creating asymmetric risks on capital markets.

New Atlanticist by Bart Oosterveld

Coronavirus European Union

Mon, May 4, 2020

Critical ruling for European Central Bank to turn spotlight back to policymakers

So far, the ECB has committed to asset purchases roughly in accordance with each member state’s contribution to the European economy. This has led to market speculation that suggests the German court will add that as a restriction on the Bundesbank’s participation, though there is no precedent for such a restriction in prior rulings.

New Atlanticist by Bart Oosterveld

Coronavirus European Union

Bart Oosterveld is an independent advisor to companies and governments in the areas of macroeconomic, credit, and country risk. He was Director of the Global Business & Economics Program at the Atlantic Council until December 2019. In the latter capacity, he led the Council’s work on global trade, growth, and finance, including the Council’s flagship EuroGrowth and Economic Sanctions initiatives.

Prior to joining the Atlantic Council in November 2017, Mr. Oosterveld worked at Moody’s Investors Service for almost two decades. In his most recent role as chief credit officer, Mr. Oosterveld was responsible for the credit strategy in the Americas across all asset classes. Between 2010 and 2014, Mr. Oosterveld served as the rating agency’s global head of sovereign ratings. Among other positions, he served as chair of the company’s Macroboard, its chief credit officer for governmental ratings, as well as management representative to the Moody’s Corporation’s board of directors.

Mr. Oosterveld graduated with degrees in the philosophy of law and the history of Spanish literature from the University of Amsterdam. He holds master’s degrees in public policy from Columbia University and in economics from Georgetown University. He speaks Dutch, Spanish, English, German and French.