A Tribute to Henrik Enderlein

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Earlier this morning (October 6, 2021), I took part in an event at Harvard in honor of Henrik Enderlein, a brilliant political economist who died all too young.  Henrik was a gifted scholar and policy analyst who made important contributions to thinking about how to fix the Eurozone, and was at the center of policy discussions in Paris, Berlin, and Brussels. He will be sorely missed. 

The event was entitled “A More Perfect Economic Union: A Transatlantic Tribute to Henrik Enderlein”; I moderated the second session: How to Overcome Regional Inequalities. 


Fiscal Matters Launch Event: Fiscal Policy a New Era?


Earlier this morning (Monday, September 27), I took part in the the Fiscal Matters Launch Event: Fiscal Policy a New Era? organized by the New Economics Foundation, the European Environmental Bureau and Finance Watch.  The focus of the panel was on “The Future of EU Fiscal Policy.”

The event was set up in view of the EU Commission’s review of the effectiveness of the union’s fiscal governance framework and its invitation to all stakeholders to publicly debate its future. In this spirit, a group of Europe’s leading civil society organizations, think tanks, and trade unions have organized a week of debate around the European Fiscal Framework from the 27th to the 30th of September 2021, at the European level and in member states.

The week is sponsored by the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee. The office of Ursula von der Leyen expressed interest in giving an opening speech prior to the opening panel, an all female event; while Marco Butti will be giving the keynote for the closing event on September 30.

I was invited to  participate in the all-female panel on the opening day following President von Der Leyen’s speech. The other speakers were Elena Flores and Pavlina Tcherneva. The panel also included recorded comments by Mariana Mazzucato

More information:  https://eeb.org/fiscal-matters-launch-event-fiscal-policy-a-new-era-27-september-online/

The Europe Desk’s Special Book Series

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. 

Listen here:

Apple: https://apple.co/3B8opcE
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3yy4e6t

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.



Photography Exhibit in Menton, France

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.


Workshop at Leibniz Institute SAFE

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). 

Comments in Sarasota Herald Tribune

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.

Conference on the Future of Europe: Vehicle for Reform Versus Forum for Reflection?


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. 

You can access the livestream on Bruegel’s website, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook

Keynote Speech in Rome

On Friday, June 11, I traveled to LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome for my first in-person event in a very long time. I gave a keynote speech entitled “The Discursive Construction of Discontent: Varieties of Populist Anti-System Ideas and Discursive Networks in Europe” for the 10th Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research’s Standing Group on the European Union. My talk was based on a paper that will become an article for the Journal of European Integration.

Book Talk for LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome

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.

New Books on Europe Book Talk for University of Nantes

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.