A new world order will emerge in the next decade. Whether it is one of inclusive, broad-based growth for all or exclusive, unequal growth for a few will be determined by the policies implemented today. It does not look like the world's dominant policy makers are capable or willing to see the consequences of their misguided actions.
The global financial crisis that shook virtually every country, government, and household in the world in 2008-09 gave way to a frustrating "new normal" of low growth, rising inequality, political dysfunction, and, in some cases, social tensions. Now this new normal is getting increasingly exhausted.
Additional policy measures -- beyond monetary policies -- are vital to make a durable exit from the global financial crisis and to safeguard financial stability. Crisis legacies need to be addressed. The traction of monetary policies must be increased with complementary reforms and financial excesses need to be contained.
If the ECB is willing to use all its available tools without limit, there is little reason to doubt that it can hit its inflation target of close to 2%. However, making that policy commitment credible remains a great challenge because of the controversy and dissent about acquiring risky government debt.