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This paper assesses the limitations that the Stability and Growth Pact has imposed on Italy's economic recovery and its debt reduction. By evaluating Germany's fiscal policy since 1997, the paper offers recommendations for the Italian authorities. Measures put forward by European Union institutions are hampering Italy's economic recovery and evidence indicates that fiscal consolidation is ineffective in reducing the debt-to-GDP ratio. A balanced-budget fiscal injection seems the only way fordoi:10.1007/s10272-015-0522-6 fatcat:sofnt2mpmraw3fix66hhtfom7e