I recently discussed Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone on a bonus episode of the Europe Desk podcast. The episode was recorded as part of a special book series with the European Union Studies Association and aired on Tuesday, August 24. In my conversation with Georgetown MA students Mitchell Farriss and Shelby Emami, I talked about the book’s main arguments including how the Eurozone crisis undermined EU legitimacy and triggered euroscepticism.
The Europe Desk is a podcast from the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. It brings together leading experts working on the most pertinent issues facing Europe and transatlantic relations today.
I have just had a show of my fine art photography at the Library Gallery of St. John’s Anglican Church in Menton, France. Entitled “Reflections of the Riveira,” the images of sunrises and sunsets in the border area between Bordighera (on the Italian coast) and Cap Martin (on the French coast) were taken during Covid-19, when everyone was in lockdown.
I was invited by the committee in charge of the Library Gallery to show my work, which was on display from June 5 through August 11. The opening on July 22 was attended by over 40 international guests.
On July 14-15, 2021, I participated in the workshop “EMU at a Crossroads? Economic Governance Reforms in the European Union” hosted by the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE (Sustainable Architecture for Finance). I was a co-panelist in a debate entitled “Will this Time be Different? Lessons from the European Economic and Financial Responses to the Crisis and Future Prospects,” chaired by Sandra Eckert (Goethe University and Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies).
I was quoted at length recently in a Sarasota Herald Tribune op-ed by Roger Brown comparing French President Macron’s tough approach to French citizens who are choosing not to be vaccinated with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s enabling stance. The piece — Gov. DeSantis needs some French lessons on handling the unvaccinated — can be found here.
On June 16, I participated via teleconference in a policy dialogue organized by Bruegel and the research project EU3D (EU Differentiation, Dominance and Democracy), coordinated by ARENA Centre for European Studies. Sergio Fabbrini, John Erik Fossum, Magdalena Góra, and Guntram Wolff examined the approach of the EU institutions to the Conference on the Future of Europe after which I offered reflections. The live stream was attended by 283 people.
On Friday, June 4, I had the honor of presenting my book for LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, where I am also an Honorary Professor. Joining the discussion were Giuliano Amato, Vice President of the Italian Constitutional Court (and former Prime Minister); Sergio Fabbrini, Dean of the Department of Political Science, Luiss University; Stefano Micossi, President of the School of European Political Economy, Luiss University; Giovanni Orsina, Director of the School of Government, Luiss University; and Mark Thatcher, Professor of The Politics of Cultural Heritage in Europe, Luiss University.
On May 27, I took part in a webinar dedicated to the the discussion of the new books on Europe organized by Arnauld LECLERC, the Télos, Ethos, Nomos de l’Europe (TEN Europa) Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Nantes (DCS). The topic of discussion was my new book, Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy : Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone. Muriel ROUYER, Professor of political science at the University of Nantes (DCS) and Morgane DELORME, PhD student in political science at the University of Nantes (DCS) and in philosophy at the University of Montreal (CRE) joined the discussion.
On May 27, 2021, I participated in a roundtable for the launch of a book (in which I have a chapter) entitled Our European Future, edited and published by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. In my talk (and chapter) entitled: “European Economic Governance: Key issues to assess its recent past and its desirable evolution,” I discussed the problems of the past and offered some new ideas for the future of EU economic governance.
On May 25, I participated in a webinar on the politics of emergency, as part of a series of online talks from UCL’s European Institute and the Department of Public Policy/School of Public Policy.
The roundtable discussion builds on a debate section on “European and the Transnational Politics of Emergency,” co-eds Christian Kreuder-Sonnen and Jonathan White (2021) , in the Journal of European Public Policy, to which I contributed. Myarticle for the journal is entitled: “European Emergency Politics and the Question of Legitimacy.”