Alexandre Lamfalussy. The Wise Man of the Euro

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Christophe Lamfalussy, Ivo Maes, Sabine Péters

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Territory: World excluding Belgium, The Netherlands, France & Switzerland
Size: 240 mm x 170 mm
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 40 b&w
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  • The still relevant analysis of the man who predicted the financial crisis
  • The story of the euro, told by one of its founders

In 1949 a young Hungarian immigrant arrived in Belgium, with just a few dollars in his pocket. Fleeing from communist repression in his own country, Alexandre Lamfalussy had come to Leuven to study economics. From these modest beginnings, he succeeded in working his way up to become not only chairman of the board of directors of the Bank of Brussels, but also one of the fathers of the euro and an internationally respected economist. In this book, the Belgian baron tells his life story in a series of interviews never previously published.

His testimony covers the history of many different countries, from Belgium to Hungary, and is the tale of one of the truly great Europeans, who strove to reunite the continent following the tragedy of the Second World War.

Christophe Lamfalussy is a journalist with La Libre Belgique and also the oldest son of Alexandre Lamfalussy. Ivo Maes is senior advisor at the Research Department of the National Bank of Belgium. He is also a professor, Robert Triffi n Chair, at the Université catholique de Louvain and ICHEC Brussels Management School. Sabine Péters is a doctor in History and Civilization at the European University Institute in Florence and a professor at the ICHEC Brussels Management School.