I was honored to be asked by the European Parliament to give expert testimonyat thehearing of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament on “Improving the Accountability of the European Central Bank.” My 10-minute presentation, which took place on December 2nd from 13:45 to 15:45 by videoconference will be published on the EP website.
On Wednesday, December 2, I participated in a virtual roundtable discussion of Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone for the Max Weber Fellows Program of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence. The session was moderated by Max Weber Program Director Dorothee Bohle. The other panelists were Max Weber fellows Paul Dermine and Sebastian Diessner as well as Brigid Laffan, Director and Professor at the EUI’s Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.
The discussion was recorded and will be available on theThe roundtable will be recorded and will be made available on the MWP YouTube channel.
On Thursday, November 18, 2020, I gave another yet another talk, this time on on “Europe’s Euro Crisis of Legitimacy” and the weakening economic performance of the EU for the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. Jonathan Hopkin, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at LSE was my host.
For its “Future of Europe” lecture series, the Jacques Delors Centre invites renowned scholars and intellectuals to debate and share insights into their research. The lecture series is organized in the framework of CIVICA, the European University of Social Sciences, and receives funding from the German Academic Exchange Service.
In my online presentation, I analyzed the deficiencies of Eurozone governance from a perspective of democratic theory, and explored ways to remedy the EU’s problems of legitimacy, reinvigorate its national democracies, and rethink its future.
The event was hosted by Markus Jachtenfuchs, Professor of European and Global Governance at the Hertie School and Director of the Jacques Delors Centre.
On Friday, November 13, 2020, I gave a presentation via videoconference for the Young Scholars’ Initiative Virtual Plenary—an initiative of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. I spoke on “European Economic Ideas about Debt: From the Eurozone crisis to Covid-19 crisis” for the conference section on Economic Governance and Democracy in Europe. My focus was on the shifts in EU economic policy from the Eurozone crisis to the Covid-19 pandemic and the related problems of democratic accountability and political responsiveness.
On Thursday, November 12, 2020, Marco Buti, head of cabinet of the European commissioner for economic affairs and taxation, gave a presentation at Harvard’s Center for European Studies on the Next Generation EU program, a €750 billion common effort, coordinated by the European Commission, to face-up to the crisis. Daniela Schwarzer, head of the German Council on Foreign Relations, and I participated as discussants.
I wrote on the continuing dangers to democracy in the aftermath of the Trump election for the European Progressive Observatory of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. The article was published Tuesday, November 10, 2020.
Donald Trump has undermined the very essence of the US Presidency. However, he and the current Republican party are not alone responsible for the decline of American democracy. The US is certainly a divided country today, but those divides have been building for a very long time, with a Republican Party open to polarising anti-system politics since the 1990s. Will the Republicans continue to fuel discord, dysfunction, and gridlock, or will they return to some semblance of bipartisanship? Few are the signs that speak for the latter.
Read the rest of the article at the Progressive Post, the political magazine run by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS).
On Thursday, November 5, I gave a book talk (via videoconference) on Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers for the EU Ombudsman office in Brussels, which is charged with ensuring the accountability and transparency of EU institutions.
The event was co-sponsored by the Julis Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance, the Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society, the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, and the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, with the support of The Paul Sarbanes ’54 Fund for Hellenism and Public Service