Hong Kong’s current situation is important for the world in as far as its role as major offshore financial centre is key for China’s inbound and outbound investment and financing. Capital outflows from Hong Kong are especially risky given Hong Kong's so far useful but rigid monetary regime, namely a peg to the USD under a currency board
This is a closed-door workshop jointly organised by MERICS and Bruegel looking at China-EU investment relations.
China has clearly signalled to Europe that it does not shy away from involvement in Africa, historically Europe’s area of influence. But the nature of China’s direct investment flows to the continent will have to change if they are to prove sustainable.
What is the current status of EU-China relations concerning innovation, and what might their future look like?
Macro data doesn’t provide a comprehensive picture to investors, but bond issuance data can fill in some gaps.
What does the new Eurozone budget do, and what does it not do? What are its strengths and weaknesses?
What challenges does a shift towards new payment processes imply for EU financial services policy?
Has the left-right divide become obsolete in EU politics?
How is Chinese investment impacting Africa, and what could be the consequences for Europe?
How can increased access to finance benefit SMEs? What reforms are needed to encourage SME financial inclusion?
Bruegel senior fellow Zsolt Darvas talks to Sean Gibson in this Deep Focus podcast about how the EU can improve its cohesion policy, citing the best examples of its implementation and stressing the methodological difficulties in measuring its effectiveness.
What has changed since the financial crisis of 2008 that makes the financial system sound at last? Is regulatory reform going in the right direction? Has it run its course?