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Avoid Deceit and Evaluate your Job Offer

Evaluate the basics: Not only does the salary categorize as a critical factor of the job offer however other matters are also very important to think through like the type of contract, the probation period, the working hours, the working days, the reporting hierarchy, the job responsibilities etc. All of these variables in addition to your salary and benefits should be openly specified in your contract.

Evaluate the salary offered: How does the salary offered weigh up against the salaries of other professionals with your similar qualifications and experience in your country of residence? Is it just a hoax? Inquire around, acquire information from professionals, there are lots of articles offered by Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia for more information of the topic.

Evaluate the travel quota: Does your job necessitate frequent or occasional traveling and how occasional? Are you the kind of individual who does not mind packing and unpacking more than twice a month? Do your personal responsibilities permit you that kind of flexibility? It is highly valuable for you to question about the traveling quota accompanying with your potential job in order for you to achieve you and your family’s expectations and make a intelligent decision.

Evaluate the career route: If you are eyeing for stability and nonstop development, guarantee yourself beforehand on that, you should take the role and prove yourself, you would have room for career growth. Talk with your potential direct manager/ recruiter about the future prospects of the position offered to you and asks yourself do they and do you foresee future growth in this position within the company?

Evaluate the working conditions: Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia just ran an online poll regarding good working conditions in the Jakarta Indonesia, to emphasize on the significance of a healthy working environment at the workplace and its influence on the productivity and loyalty of employees. An overpowering 76.3% of professionals surveyed stated that better working conditions would outcome in more organizational loyalty, more productivity and more job involvement, but they are yet to be provided by employers as per 23.7% of poll respondents. The top constituents of good working conditions as per the respondents are the following: correct training and professional development schemes, generous incentives like vacation days, parking and education allowance, room for personal job authority and decision making and good office setting like lighting, seating, lunch rooms and gyms. Look closely at these factors and assess where your potential employer stands in their regard before committing to the job offered to you.

Jakarta being expats destination city isn’t a sham

What do you know about the city if you got a proposal to pursue your career in Jakarta? Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia will help you understand why Jakarta as an expats destination city.

According to the BPS (Central Bureau Statistic) data from 2011, Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia with a population of over 10 million citizens. Being a metropolitan city, Jakarta is now identified to be the chief destination for many people, not only Indonesian but also expatriates to look for employment opportunities.

Figure of expatriates who are working in Jakarta is estimated as many as 10,000 people and came from 300 countries. For the period of January-August 2013, the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration afford 48,000 work permits for expatriates working in all parts of Indonesia.

The uppermost figure comes from China with 10,291 workers. The varied number of Chinese expats working in Indonesia is because of the fast development of Chinese investment in the country. Following chins is Japan, comes with the number of 9.788 workers and next is South Korean for more than 6.013 working permits with many of them employed in the fields of industry, trade, mining along with oil and gas.

As an expats in a capital city like Jakarta, you do not have to be concern about the basics regarding everyday life, like residences, entertainment, food, and recreation spots as they could be easily found. Also never worry about fake people since Indonesians are naturally genuine. These days, many property developers and real estate brokers lease apartments or houses in various rental prices from US$1.500 – 15.000.

According to Colliers International Indonesia research, Pondok Indah, South Jakarta, is the most demanded area to live in by expats with its location proximity to work site and number of international schools like Jakarta International School or the Japanese International School.

For food and entertainment choices, you can always visit shopping center which is easy to find in Jakarta such as Pondok Indah Mall, Senayan City, Grand Indonesia, Plaza Indonesia or others. No trickery about how lovely the country is.

Becoming quite restless by traffic jammed and air pollution from many motor vehicles, particularly two-wheeled vehicles, and then you can revitalize your mind by strolling on Ancol, North Jakarta which situated somewhat out the hectic part of the city or visiting other nearby cities such as Bogor and Bandung that just need a 2 hour’s drive from Jakarta.

Master Bahasa Indonesia and shun from scam while living as an expatriate in the country

Living as an expatriate in a foreign country is certainly not easy. There are different things to confront, some of which could show to be stumbling blocks, like bureaucracy, cultural differences, and local habits and, in particular, communicating.

Even though some Indonesian workers understand and speak Basic English, it would be better to learn and understand Bahasa Indonesia, particularly when you deal with locals in your work on a daily basis.

Begin with basic phrases, like “selamat pagi” (good morning), “terima kasih” (thank you), “maaf” (sorry) and “tolong” (please help), and how to request for directions and about prices, etc.

Here are some habits to master the Indonesian language.

Self-taught

Bahasa Indonesia is believed to be an easy language to learn, and you can just learn it by yourself. You can purchase a dictionary or do-it-yourself books at major bookstores in Jakarta, like Gramedia or Kinokuniya. If going to a bookstore is too time-consuming or costly, you could learn by accessing websites like Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia.

Take a course

Joining in a class is helpful, since a course teaches not only how to speak Indonesian but then again they can also teach you about Indonesian culture, which will give you more self-reliance when chatting with Indonesians. This is likewise a great help so that you will be able to avoid deceit or scam.

A sample school you can enroll to is AIM for English is one place that offers classes for expatriates. The institution is located at Jl. Padang 5C, Manggarai, South Jakarta, phone (021) 8385238, email info@aimjakarta.com

There is also the Jakarta Communication Club at Jl. Cipaku II 27, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, phone: (021) 7203966, (021) 72791829 or visit jccindonesia.com for more info.

Broaden your horizons

Connect to social clubs that you’re interested in or meet up with local friends after work to increase your network and exercise your Indonesian.

Read local publications or watch local TV programs to keep well-informed of current local issues, which will correspondingly help you learn and practice more.

Foreign investors wait to see who will be president in Indonesia

JAKARTA/TAIPEI – With at least one major company hesitant after a former special forces general made a remarkably strong entry into the fray, billions of dollars in foreign investment center on next month’s Indonesian presidential election.

 

For the next five years of Southeast Asia’s largest economy, the July 9 election will decide who will run, it pits popular Jakarta governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo against the ex-general, Prabowo Subianto.

 

The two favor a more nationalist agenda, reinforced by popular opinions that the economy has for the longest time hinged on selling off its huge natural resources inexpensively to foreign buyers and that past governments have done little to nurture, and protect, local firms.

 

However Prabowo has looked upon as more viciously nationalistic, while Jokowi is seen as a hands-on, more competent administrator. According to a survey done by Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia, despite Indonesia’s large pool of labor, relatively low costs and a growing middle class, many potential investors say they will wait until the election is decided.

 

Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group is at the top of the list of foreigners with great money to spend, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer and one of the major suppliers to Apple Inc.

 

Terry Gou, Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group chairman, did not hide the fact during a visit to Jakarta in February that he liked dealing with Jokowi in deliberations about whether to bring his company’s next giant investment to the Indonesian capital.

 

At the time, there was no complaint and that Jokowi was the clear front-runner in the election. He still is, but Prabowo has since been backed by the powerful Golkar party and opinion polls show the former general is catching up. A large percentage of voters are undecided, one survey has said.

 

Foreign direct investment in Indonesia was 270.4 trillion rupiah ($23 billion) in 2013, up about 22 percent from the previous year. But growth slowed sharply to 9.8 percent in the first quarter this year, the government has said.

 

Foxconn, listed as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd in Taiwan, is waiting for the new government to take office in October before deciding whether to go ahead with a $1 billion manufacturing project in Indonesia, a company source had said.

 

Key sticking points appear to be Foxconn’s request for free land in Jakarta and Indonesia’s convoluted bureaucracy.

 

“Regarding the incentives Foxconn has requested, there’s no one they can talk to whose decisions will count,” said a source with direct knowledge of Foxconn’s situation.

 

“Indonesia is a huge market for Foxconn. Foxconn truly hopes there will be a clear direction in their policies after the election.”

Traditional Careers Diminish as Time Passes

Most people would not take an offer of a traditional job at a major package goods company to a millennial, says Westhill Consulting Career and Employment, Australia.

 

Starting a career may seem like a painstakingly trek up a corporate ladder for nowadays upstart professional.

 

They rather work at Google, Twitter, and Facebook. As well as working at smaller companies like Snapchat that just turned down a multi-billion offer to be sold. In fact, most people would choose to start up a career at start-up.

 

This is not to say that a great company like S.C. Johnson that owns the Drano brand can’t attract great people. But, it does mean that the competition to attract the best and the brightest for traditional brand name companies is tougher.

 

And, part of that challenge is an incredible difference between the generations on what constitutes success.

 

As a board member of a few young fast start-ups, I see this first hand.

 

The majority of talented students are not targeting the Fortune 500 as a place to work – or even Wall Street. And the reason? That target is off the radar of the lifestyle they want to lead.

 

Before, when I noted these great young minds want to start at a startup – the driver is not money. Although, money is nice, lifestyle is more compelling.

 

For millennials, titles like CEO, COO, and CFO have little cache.

 

These bright people are just fine if their next job is sideways and even down the organization. I noted that they are not climbing a corporate ladder; they are playing on a jungle gym.

 

In swinging from job to job, or project to project, millennials are really seeking a career track where they can make a difference.

 

They ask, “Am I growing professionally and personally.” Plus, they manage their personal off hours to fit their lifestyle and budget.

 

Think about how money is not a driver for them. When I was young, it was cool to have a cool car. Now it is cool to have a cool phone. They do not care about the coolest apartment, but the coolest app.

 

It means that as HR professionals, we have to meet their needs. If your company does not, it might be in danger of a brain drain.

 

So, how can you as an HR pro entice the millennials that are the best and the brightest?

 

First, eliminate the corporate ladder and think in terms of the jungle gym.

 

Second, show millennials key initiatives at your company where they can make a difference. It does not have to be about saving the world, but it can be about updating the company.

 

So, if your company is not perceived as cool, find an initiative that is cool that meets the goals and objectives of a division or company. Then present it as a way that a millennial can be part of a team to make a difference.

 

It should be a warning that, the point is that the traditional “everything” is changing. One example is that traditional brand management is giving way to social media. While traditional brand management, and other traditional careers are not totally going away, traditional thinking is.

 

So, it is up to you to find the exciting projects that will excite millennials to create new traditions.

Visas in South East Asia

Westhill Consulting Career & Employment Australia has much more information on its blog section on its website.

 

If this is your first proper backpacking stint then you may not be aware how much of a headache visas can be! When you reach the border of each country you need a visa to enter, some countries will simply stamp a visa into your passport on the border for free (this is called a VOA ‘Visa on Arrivall), and then on you go. Other countries may charge you a fortune while the most difficult b*stards will refuse you entry and you have to organise your visa before you arrive at the border! Warning do not overstay.

 

Check out the South East Asian countries below and get an idea of what you need to sort it all out:

 

Thailand: South East Asia’s most popular destination. Thailand offers VOA (visas on arrival) by both land and air arrivals. If you fly in, you receive a free 30 day visa. If you arrive by land, you receive a free 14 day visa. If you want a longer visa (60 days) you can apply at Thai embassies in any other country, it’ll cost you around $30. This is possible from your home country or from neighbouring countries in the region (Laos, Malaysia etc)

 

Laos: VOA by both plane and land crossings – 30 days standard. The visa costs between $30 and $40 USD.

 

Vietnam: VOA NOT available. You MUST organize your visa before you arrive. This can be done in your home country (around $60, 4 working days) or in countries that neighbour Vietnam ($40, 3 working days). Gunagzhou, China Phnom Penn, Cambodia Vientienne, Laos and Bangkok, Thailand all offer relatively simple processes to get your visa to Vietnam. Don’t forget to sort this out before you go, you will be refused entry without.

Cambodia: VOA by both plane and land crossings – 30 days tourist visa. The visa costs around $20 but expect to be charged more by corrupt officials.

 

NOTE: an e-visa is now possible, but $25. You need to scan a passport photo, pay the money and receive the PDF file in 3 working days. Print out two copies and bring it to the border. E visas are only usable at the Thai crossings at Poipet and Koh Kong (Trat) and the Vietnamese crossings at Moc Bai.

 

Burma (Myanmar): VOA not available, you MUST organiz your visa before you arrive. If you’re going to Burma for a visa run, just to re-enter Thailand, you don’t need to prepare a visa in advance. If you plan to travel around Burma, you need to get a visa from a Burmese embassy before you fly (impossible to enter by land and travel). In Bangkok, it’s possible to get the visa in the same day – apply in the morning, and received in the afternoon. All visas are valid for 90 days, and last for a stay of 30 days, they cost around $30.

 

Malaysia: VOA by both plane and land crossings. Most countries get a 90 day visa for free. Malaysia are very easy going with their visa processes.

Singapore: VOA by both plane and land crossings. EU and US passport holders get 90 days, most other countries receive 14/30 days visas. Visas are free.

 

Indonesia: Jakartahas the main immigration office.This can be a little complicated. VOA is available through most land and air ports. Often they require an onward ticket (so travel with a print out of a provisional ‘onward booking’ read:fake). Generally speaking, common border crossings offer VOA (Kailmantan, boat from Singapore etc), the visas cost around $25 for 30 days. Check your route first, before you decided whether to get the visa in advance or not.

 

East Timor: VOA for land and boat crossings but NOT for land crossings. If you’re arriving from West Timor (like me) get your visa in Jakarta or Kuala Lumpur ($40, 30 days).

 

Brunei: VOA for pretty much everyone, arriving by land or plane. Ranges from 14-90 days and is free.

Jobs for English teachers in Indonesia

 

 

With a population of approximately 238 million people spread over 17,508 islands along the equator, Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country and represents a fast-growing market for English teachers. Those looking to teach English in Indonesia will encounter an entrancing combination of lush, volcanic landscapes; beautiful beaches and thousands of years of history and culture. The country is also known for the warm hospitality of its people, most of whom are Muslim.

 

English teachers in Indonesia, especially Jakarta, can find teaching jobs year round. Although most interviews are conducted in advance over the phone and via e-mail, some schools prefer to interview in person. Instructors are typically responsible for their own airfare and housing expense, though some schools do provide assistance in these areas. Most live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with coworkers. Watch out for scams in this area.
A generous salary affords English teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle, while saving 250–300 USD per month. Schools offer approximately 20 to 25 hours of work per week, leaving plenty of time to travel and explore Indonesia’s exquisite beauty and vibrant, bustling cities. Those without a bachelor’s degree can find limited opportunities to teach in Indonesia,  but a four-year degree is preferred. TEFL certification is required. Most of those teaching English in Indonesia will find jobs in the major cities of Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Bandung, and Surabaya. There are teaching opportunities on the island of Bali; however, its popularity means the local job market is more competitive.

 

Westhill Consulting Career & Employment Australia agrees with the above blog but we would like to give a warning that some of these jobs are illegal. Be careful!

South-East Asia beginners: what you need to know By Ben Groundwater

It might start with Bali. That seems to be the entry point for many people into South-East Asia, their first taste of this incredible part of the world.

 

You drink a few Bintangs, laugh at five people on a scooter, enjoy the food, get a little feel for the atmosphere – that mix of crazy and traditional, chaos and peace, commercialism and religion – and you’re hooked.

 

So for those wanting to extend their South-East Asian experience, to get more out of it than the Western enclaves of Kuta, this is your guide.
First bit of advice: don’t be afraid. You’ve probably heard some scams of dodgy goings on in South-East Asia, of protests in Thailand, of land mines in Cambodia, of scary roads in Vietnam and military juntas in Myanmar – but you’re really not in that much danger. Don’t, in general take minor complaints to the police as this will usually end up with you paying more than you have lost.
While the chance of finding yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time does exist, in general South-East Asian countries are incredibly friendly places, and mostly quite safe. You’ll be met with smiles rather than machine guns. You’ll be treated with respect.

 

If this is your first trip to South-East Asia, you’re probably wondering where to go. Do you relax on a beach in Thailand? Or hit up Angkor Wat? Do you go island-hopping in Halong Bay? Or temple-hopping in Luang Prabang?

 

It’s a tough decision, but with a few weeks you can cover a lot of ground. Budget airlines mean it’s possible to skip from place to place by air, to go from Hanoi to Siem Reap to Phuket to KL and Jakarta all in a regular-sized holiday from work. Of course this leaves little time for cultural immersion, but if your priority is to see the big attractions then you can do it all on a reasonable budget.

 

Independent travel is simple in South-East Asia, with extensive networks of buses and trains which needn’t be booked in advance. These buses and trains range from the comfortable to the hellish – the journeys themselves are similar. Be prepared for butt-jarring 12-hour rides along dusty back-roads. Get set for squalid train toilets and cramped seats.

 

But that’s part of the fun. South-East Asia is all about new experiences, the occasionally bizarre and off-putting, and it’s your duty to get yourself amongst it.

 

Try new things. Eat the street food. Jump on the back of a motorbike taxi. Drink the snake wine. Put ice in your beer. Sleep in a $5-a-night beach bungalow. Add the extra chillis.

 

Take as many different forms of transport as you can. Ride in a tuk-tuk; take a motorbike tour around Vietnam; take longboats on lakes and ferries up rivers; sit on the back of an elephant; sit on the roof of a bus.

 

If all of this sounds intimidating, or you’re after a more relaxed experience that avoids the hassles of touts, take a tour. Go cycling around Myanmar with World Expeditions. Take an overlander with Intrepid. Have some fun with Contiki.

 

While South-East Asian countries are predominantly safe places, where the main things you have to worry about are the state of the roads and the power of your latest hangover, there are scams to watch out for. People who approach you because they “just want to practice English” usually want to do much more than just practice English.

There are touts for karaoke bars that turn out to be brothels. There are swindlers selling dodgy art. There are kids everywhere, youngsters who’ve been put to work selling postcards and guidebooks, trading on a cute face and a tourist’s guilt. Don’t support this industry.

 

Pack light, and don’t bother with fancy clothes. South-East Asia is hot, year-round. You’ll be sweating like crazy. And there won’t be any fine-dining or many strictly policed nightclubs. For backpackers you’ll have your toes in the sand most nights; you’ll dine at plastic tables on street corners.

 

Don’t be too stingy. Don’t get obsessed with haggling and saving every last baht or dong or kip. Sure, you can knock the price down just like any local would – but if you find yourself battling hard over 50 cents or so, it’s probably time to get a bit of perspective.

 

Book hostels in advance. You don’t want to be at the mercy of the touts when you arrive somewhere. Similarly, try to get an idea of how much a tuk-tuk or taxi should cost in the city you’re going to – it pays to know when you’re being ripped off. Meters generally don’t exist.

 

If you’re going to hire a scooter, make sure you can ride a scooter.

 

Go to the cities, but get out into the countryside as well. Places like Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City and Kuala Lumpur are great, but the real beauty of South-East Asia lies in its rural areas, in the long stretches of rice paddies backed by soaring limestone cliffs. You’ll be welcomed in the countryside; you’ll realise that South-East Asia isn’t all chaos and noise.

 

Be respectful of local dress standards. Take off your shoes in temples. Don’t get steaming drunk and make an arse of yourself.

 

If a situation feels dangerous, it probably is. Leave. Use your judgment. Use your instincts. Just because you’re allowed to do something in South-East Asia, doesn’t make it safe.

 

By the same token, don’t be scared. South-East Asia is an amazing place for travellers – affordable, exciting, and delicious. You could spend a week there or you could spend a year there. Just open yourself to the experience of something new, and enjoy.

 

Have you travelled in South-East Asia? What are your tips for first-time visitors to the region?

Obama Wants Attention On Job Creation, Not Healthcare Woes

On November 8, Friday, President Barack Obama tries to shift the national conversation to economic growth from anger over insurance policy cancellations under his signature healthcare law, as he visits the Port of New Orleans.

The next day after Obama said in a nationally televised interview he was sorry some Americans were dropped by their health plans because of changes mandated by the Affordable Care Act, he will tour a busy cargo and cruise ship port, the White House said.

Again, he will convey the message that the United States should spend more on its roads, bridges and ports as a way to create jobs and strengthen U.S. firms through increased trade.

Said on Friday, he will speak after the government that employers added 204,000 jobs in October despite a 16-day government shutdown, although the jobless rate ticked up to 7.3 percent.

The White House expected that there would have been 120,000 additional jobs created in the month if not for the shuttering of government offices regardless of the surprisingly strong employment report.

The administration has repeatedly said that the economy would be growing more rapidly and job growth would be more robust without the shutdown, prompted by Republican efforts to defund or delay the healthcare law, known as Obamacare. Yet, the jobs report suggested the impact of the shutdown on the economy was slighter than many had thought.

The Mississippi River port will provide Obama an appropriate setting to discuss about his proposal to spend $50 billion to repair and upgrade the nation’s infrastructure and efforts to expand trade.

The president “believes that exports are central to our national economy and has made increasing exports a major focus for his administration,” the White House said in a statement.

However, because of lingering questions about Obamacare, Obama’s efforts to press Congress for more spending to strengthen economic growth will be overshadowed.

The failed even out of the online signup process for insurance was the first major crisis for the program, which aspires to expand access to healthcare for millions of uninsured Americans by offering insurance at competitive prices.

The next problem has been an epidemic of insurance cancellations in spite of Obama’s promise that consumers could keep their present health plans if they wanted them.

The hinders have given ammunition to the law’s many enemies and skeptics and lifted uncertainties whether the healthcare plans can draw enough healthy young people to keep the costs of insurance low.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican, will be at the port when Obama delivers his remarks. But Jindal made clear on Thursday his disagreement with Obama on healthcare and other issues.

“Obamacare is not smart policy and will not work,” he said. “The website is merely the tip of the iceberg here.”

Jindal also took issue with Obama’s prescription for more spending to repair infrastructure.

“We keep increasing spending, adding entitlements, adding regulations, and adding taxes,” Jindal said. “If the president wants to grow the American economy, he’s got to force government to do just the opposite.”

Britain on track at last as employment rises

Base from official figures, Britain is finally “on track” to recover from the economic crisis with employment back at the same level as in 2008.

The economy grew by 0.6 per cent between April and June despite earlier speculation that there may have been a renewed recession. This has been followed by another rise earlier in the year.

There are optimistic signs of growth with employment and the number of hours worked returning to pre-crisis levels, ending a five-year slump.

But, in totality the size of the economy is still way smaller than previous to the crisis and politicians were last night eager to stress that Britain still faces years of austerity and improbability before it will have fully recovered.

George Osborne, the Chancellor, said that the country was “on the mend” as he prepared to make improving the economy his key message at the next general election.

“The figures are better than forecast,” Mr Osborne said. “Britain is holding its nerve. We are sticking to our economic plan.

“Britain is on the mend, but we’ve got to stick with the plan because there’s still a long way to go.”

David Cameron, who went on his annual summer holiday, added: “We are on the right track — building an economy for hard-working people.”

Nonetheless, senior politicians also gave warning to people “not to get carried away”and stressed that ministers were not complacent.

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, said that he would not be prepared to declare that the economy had recovered before there had been another “two or three years” of strong growth.

Neil Bentley, the deputy director-general of the CBI, said that the figures confirmed that Britain was on the road to recovery although there were likely to be “a few bumps ahead”.

“Underlying conditions are quite weak as consumers are still saddled with debt and despite the global economy picking up, the potential for getting knocked off course remains,” he said.

According to the Office for National Statistics, growth over the past year has been 1.4 per cent, with the strong performance of service firms such as hotels and restaurants leading the recovery.

The rise in gross domestic product (GDP) of 0.6 per cent throughout the second quarter of the year was the first time since 2011 that Britain has seen back-to-back quarterly growth, and doubled the 0.3 per cent figure for the previous period.

“After five years, people are seeing that Armageddon has been narrowly avoided and while they realise the economic world is precarious, life is going on,” Tim Martin, chairman and founder of JD Wetherspoon pubs, said.

Economic experts said that an analysis of the figures showed that domestic economic demand was growing steadily and the main drag on the economy was external, foreign influences.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) also warned that the eurozone countries face years of economic stagnation without greater efforts to boost banks and employment.

“Incomplete or stalled policy commitments at the national or euro-area level could also reignite financial market stresses” the IMF said in a review of the 17-nation currency bloc.

“Over the medium-term, there is a high risk of stagnation, especially in the periphery [of the single currency area].”