Was the European Central Bank ensnared by birdwatchers?

(For the original French version of this blog entry, click here. All comments and suggestions to improve my English are welcome.) With apologies, it’s with considerable delay that I comment here on the news of the banknote changeover project in the euro zone. On November 30, 2023, the European Central Bank announced1 that it had… Poursuivre la lecture Was the European Central Bank ensnared by birdwatchers?

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Jacques Delors: death of the father of the euro

Jacques Delors died at the end of last year. Newspapers’ titles reminded his role in the creation of the euro currency. Here are several examples1: Delors first envisioned the Euro in a 1989 report now named for him — a revolutionary idea of multiple, independent countries with a single currency — and the continent adopted… Poursuivre la lecture Jacques Delors: death of the father of the euro

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A short critical assessment of the ECB survey on new themes for euro banknotes

Commentary on the press release From July 10 to August 31, the European Central Bank is organizing a “Survey on new themes for euro banknotes”.1 Everybody in the euro area can answer the survey. However, “In addition, to ensure opinions from across the euro area are equally represented, the ECB has contracted an independent research… Poursuivre la lecture A short critical assessment of the ECB survey on new themes for euro banknotes

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Gendering the European Central Bank

While researching on the representations of the so-called fathers of Europe, I read with great interest Anna van der Vleuten’s article, “Gendering the Institutions and Actors of the EU,” pp. 41-62 in the book Gendering the European Union. New Approaches to Old Democratic Deficits ed. by Gabriele Abels and Joyce Marie Mushaben (London, 2012 [2015]).… Poursuivre la lecture Gendering the European Central Bank

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The North-South connection in Brussels, a curious coin design for a controversial theme

(The author of this blog entry is not an English native speaker. Do not hesitate making suggestions or proposing language corrections. A French version is available here.) Belgium struck its first euro collection coin, with a face value of €10, in 2002. As a commemorative calendar issue, its theme is logical, but it is somewhat… Poursuivre la lecture The North-South connection in Brussels, a curious coin design for a controversial theme

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Belgian €2 commemorative coins: misogyny, international relations, good intentions and the Council glare, but not much heritage

(The author of this blog entry is not an English native speaker. Do not hesitate making suggestions or proposing language corrections. A French version is available here.) As the national sides of Belgian euro coins all show the portrait of the King, commemorative €2 coins are the only numismatic means of expressing original national features… Poursuivre la lecture Belgian €2 commemorative coins: misogyny, international relations, good intentions and the Council glare, but not much heritage

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Does Belgium have a constitutional obligation to feature a portrait of the king on its coins ?

(The author of this blog entry is not an English native speaker. Do not hesitate making suggestions or proposing language corrections. A French version is available here.) All Belgian euro coins show the king. Why is there only one design? It is sometimes alleged that Belgium has “a constitutional obligation to feature a portrait of… Poursuivre la lecture Does Belgium have a constitutional obligation to feature a portrait of the king on its coins ?

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Heritage without message ? The Atomium on a commemorative Belgian euro coin

(The author of this blog entry is not an English native speaker. Do not hesitate making suggestions or proposing language corrections. A French version is available here.) The Atomium was built in 1958 as the flagship structure for the 1958 Brussels World’s fair. “Symbol of the atomic era and its hopes for progress”1, it was… Poursuivre la lecture Heritage without message ? The Atomium on a commemorative Belgian euro coin

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