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Analysts at the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) are of the opinion that the European Union (EU) requires a drastic thought process to take benefits of the fiscal stimulus.

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“As the European Central Bank (ECB) stretches the limits of monetary easing, attention is turning to fiscal policy. The euro area (EA) has potential fiscal space of 2.0% of GDP.”

“Potential fiscal space is calculated using a narrow criteria, based purely on the EA budget deficit. It is unlikely to materialise as rules based fiscal policy limits the growth of the public spending path.”

“Hope of a large-scale fiscal boot for the EA will probably be disappointed. We estimate that an expansion closer to 0.25-0.5% of GDP in 2020 is more likely.”

“An overhaul of the current rules and a more medium-term focus on policy settings is required.”

“That will leave an over-onus on the ECB to support reflation. The monetary policy framework needs reviewing, especially in light of the considerable divisions that emerged over the latest easing.”