Simon Wells

Chief European Economist

A collection of recently published insights from Simon Wells.


A triumph of economic policy in Europe?

Massive fiscal and monetary stimulus helps return eurozone GDP to pre-pandemic level

In Brief

Eurozone growth: up, down, up.

Expectation-beating final-quarter GDP means reduced growth this year but more in 2022


Europe’s ‘debt illusion’

Borrowing provides a short-term economic boost – but it must eventually be repaid

In Brief

The death of disinflation?

Upside risks to inflation may be under-appreciated

In Brief

Europe: in sickness and in health

Some European economies could emerge from the slump above their pre-pandemic trends


Eurozone: inflection or infection?

Will weak manufacturing pull down services – or strong services rescue industry?

In Brief

The ECB's redemption

Eurozone is recovering but its central bank should resist pressure to change course

In Brief