Book Talk for the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS)

On March 15, 2021, I gave gave an online Book Talk on European’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone for the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS).

The event – Legitimacy and Power in the EU: Lessons from the Eurozone and Coronavirus Crises – was moderated by Anthony Teasdale, head of the European Parliamentary Research Service, and featured Jim Cloos, who recently retired from the Council secretariat to become Secretary General of TEPSA, as a discussant. After briefly introducing my reasons for writing the book, I set out its main arguments and reflected on its implications for the current coronavirus crisis.

Book Presentation at University of Sheffield

UnknownOn February 15th, I took part in a virtual discussion of my new book Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone for SPERI, the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Sheffield. I presented the key arguments of the book the implications for an EU that, with the ongoing pandemic, faces yet another crisis of its political economy (and, potentially, its legitimacy). The event was organised by Dr Owen Parker, Research Fellow at SPERI, who chaired the discussion. Professor Simon Bulmer offered thoughts and reflections on the book, for which I am grateful. 

Book Roundtable at Manchester University

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On February 10, I took part in a virtual book round table – “The Eurozone between Perpetual Crisis and A New Paradigm: Looking back to move forward” – with Profs. Featherstone and Papaconstantinou, organized by the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence (JMCE) at the University of Manchester. The discussion on what is at stake for the eurozone in the future after a decade of perpetual crisis was organized by JMCE co-directors Prof. Dimitris Papadimitriou and Paul Tobin.

Talk at European Institute of the London School of Economics

On Friday, January 29, I gave a talk for the European Institute of the London School of Economics entitled: “EU Legitimacy and Member-State Politics: Lessons from the Eurozone and Coronavirus.” 

The talk was part of a year long series—The European Union in Practice: Politics and Power in the Brussels System—that includes high level EU officials, politicians, and the occasional academic. 

In this innovative LSE seminar series, policy practitioners and commentators talk about their experience working in and with the EU institutions. The series is co chaired by two visiting professors in practice at the European Institute: Anthony Teasdale, Director General of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) and former Special Adviser, FCO and HM Treasury; and Dr Martin Westlake, former Secretary General of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges.

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#60 FEPS Talks: Democratic Legitimacy of EU Crisis Management


I had the chance to talk about my book on the latest episode of FEPS Talks with David Rinaldi, FEPS Director of Studies & Policy. FEPS Talks is the podcast series of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. Among other topics, we discussed the current health crisis and the democratic process of EU decision-making and its legitimacy. While legitimacy has improved, I suggest there’s still much to improve on the “input legitimacy” for this recovery. A Grand Monetary Dialogue and a participatory process for the European Semester, both involving civil society and social partners, are needed if Europe wants to secure legitimacy of its actions going forward.


European Parliament Testimony

I was honored to be asked by the European Parliament to give expert testimony at the hearing 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. 


Book Roundtable at the EUI’s Max Weber Program

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.

Book Presentation for Sciences Po

On Tuesday, November 24, I presented Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone via videoconference in the General Seminar of the Center for European Studies and Comparative Politics at Sciences Po in Paris. The discussants were Jan Boguslawski and Cornela Woll, both from Sciences Po, CEE & MaxPo. 

See the event announcement for a wonderful summary of the book.

Europe’s Euro Crisis of Legitimacy Talk at LSE

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.

The virtual event was live-streamed on Facebook:

The Euro and the Future of European Democracy Talk at the Hertie School’s Jacques Delors Center

Yet another book event! On November 17, 2020, I gave a talk for the “Future of Europe” lecture series at the Hertie School’s Jacques Delors Center on “The Euro and the Future of European Democracy.”

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.