Posts by: vschmidt

Vivien Schmidt Awarded Research Fellowship

Recently, I was awarded a research fellowship by the European Commission, Directorate General of Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN).  It involves my producing a paper entitled “The Political Economy of the European Monetary Union: Rebuilding Trust and Support for Economic Integration.”  The fellowship program itself encompasses approximately ten fellows,  all economists except for me […]

Interview in Corriere della Serra

While in Rome last week, I was interviewed by Lorenzo Salvia for Corriere della Serra. The interview appeared in the print version of the paper on November 26, 2013. [interview Schmidt corriere della sera 26 nov 2013]

ELIAMEP Crisis Observatory Interview

During a European Seminar entitled “Europe in Crisis, Citizens in Protest” (4-7 July, 2013, Nafplion, Greece), I gave a video recorded interview for the Crisis Observatory/ELIAMEP. In it, I discuss why the Eurozone has not been able to exit the crisis and problems with current approaches to the crisis among other things. The interview was […]

Austerity Seen Easing With Change to EU Budget Policy?

Vivien Schmidt’s comment on Mathew Dalton’s September 19 Wall Street Journal article, “Austerity Seen Easing with Change to EU Budget Policy,” was picked up by AP reporter Juergen Baetz. Comment and links to both articles below. Easing austerity through change to EU budget policy is a very significant move.  If agreed by EU finance officials, […]

The Future of the Eurozone

I was a keynote speaker, along with Iain Begg, at a plenary on “The Future of the Eurozone” at the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute annual conference Beyond Austerity vs Growth: The Future of the European Political Economy at the University of Sheffield on 1-3 July 2013.  Participants included leading academics, policy makers and journalists […]

Recent Travels

I travelled to Europe twice in February to discuss problems related to the Eurozone Crisis.  The first time was to participate in an expert panel on how to develop democracy in the European Union for the meeting of Social-Democratic leaders, ‘Renaissance for Europe: Peace, Prosperity, Progress,’ on February 8-9, who gathered in Turin, Italy, to […]

Comment on the Greek crisis and EU leaders meeting

It is amazing how blind the EU leaders (German Chancellor, ECB, and some in the EU Commission) are to the political dangers involved in trying to force Greece to implement economic cuts that are bound to fail, that have already failed, and that will plunge the country deeper into misery….and anarchy!  What EU leaders need […]

Democratizing the Eurozone

In recent months, more and more attention has been focused on the failure of the Eurozone leaders’ policies of fiscal consolidation, with growth presented as the alternative. The problems for the Eurozone stem not just from the policies, however.  They also come from the governance processes and the politics—or lack thereof. The main problem for […]

Comment on French elections

The presidential elections in France, the legislative elections in Greece, and the regional elections in Germany together mark a turning point for the EU. The results make clear that, despite their differences, European voters all share a common view that current leaders are not delivering. In France and Greece, voters want an end to unending […]

L’élection présidentielle française: une élection cruciale pour l’Europe

Here’s a comment I co-authored with Maxime Lefebvre for Le Monde online (in French).