Landscapes of History: Photo Exhibit at Harvard’s Center for European Studies

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Although the reception has already taken place, my photo exhibition remains open for viewing 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, at the Art Gallery of Harvard’s Center for European Studies, 27 Kirkland Ave, Cambridge Ma 02138.

You can see my other work at http://www.vivienschmidt.com.

Book Discussion of Democracy in Europe: The EU and National Polities online

In a December 2006 discussion on her book, Democracy in Europe: The EU and National Polities, Vivien Schmidt, the Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at Boston University, offered an explanation of the European Union’s oft-cited “democratic deficit.” In establishing a conceptual framework for her analysis, Schmidt distinguished between two types of governance in European states: simple and compound polities. In simple polities, governing authority is channeled through a single authority while in compound polities it is diffused through multiple authorities. France and the United Kingdom, for example, are simple polities while Germany and Italy are compound. The EU, Schmidt asserted, is a compound polity because it has a composite (national and European) identity and only possesses state-like sovereignty in some policy areas. Trade policy, for example, was cited as an area where shared sovereignty is accepted. When it comes to the Common Foreign and Security Policy, however, this is not the case.

View the discussion on the Woodrow Wilson Center’s YouTube channel.

Resilient Liberalism in Europe’s Political Economy Presentation of the book edited by Vivien Schmidt and Mark Thatcher

Vivien Schmidt and Mark Thatcher introduce Resilient Liberalism in Europe’s Political Economy at the University of Milan:

http://portalevideo.unimi.it/media?mid=333

See also comments by contributor Maurizio Ferrera:

http://portalevideo.unimi.it/media?mid=333&cid=1385&play=true

And by contributor Erik Jones:

http://portalevideo.unimi.it/media?mid=333&cid=1386&play=true

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 from across the globe. You can view a video of the session on YouTube. (My talk begins at 39:13minutes.)

 

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 support the social-democratic leader, Pier-Luigi Bersani, in the upcoming elections.  Attendees included sitting Prime Ministers of Belgium, Romania, and Croatia along with opposition leaders from a number of other countries. The second trip was to give a talk on “The Eurozone Crisis seen from the US” at the French National Assembly on February 21 for the conference on Trans-Atlantic Relations sponsored by the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Vivien Schmidt testimony before the European Parliament

On October 4, 2012, Vivien gave testimony to the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee, which held an all-day inquiry into European Governance and the Future of Europe. Her policy brief – EU Differentiated Integration and the Role of the EU Political Economy [download pdf] – addressed specifically “Multi-tier Governance and EU Political Economy.” On October 24, she gave a keynote speech to the European Parliament’s party grouping of social democrats, the second largest party in the EP, at a special session on “The Future of Europe.”

[Video recording of the October 4 afternoon session – Panel III & IV: Legitimacy, future prospects]

To start, put the recording time start at A 9:16:00 end B 12.35:00 and for the afternoon session A 15:10:30 B 18.27:00. Vivien Schmidt’s intervention begins at around 17h.

[Participants’ outlines]

The workshop took place as part of an initiative of the European Parliament to report on the “Constitutional problems of a multitier governance in the European Union.” The report’s objective is to formulate a broad reflection on the state of EU governance in the “post fiscal pact” Union and to develop a strategy that will incorporate, in the medium term, economic governance into the Union system, improve the institutional set up of the Union and strengthen its democratic legitimacy while maintaining the consistency and dynamism of the European construction.

The European Project: Can Europe Survive the Euro?

On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, I participated in a roundtable discussion on The European Project:  Can Europe Survive the Euro? as part of a larger conference entitled “The Failure of the Euro? Causes and Consequences for Europe and Beyond.” The event was sponsored by the Watson Institute for International Studies and the Rhodes Center for International Economics at Brown University. Martin Wolf of the Financial Times was the keynote speaker.  Other participants included Alfred Gusenbauer, the former Chancellor of Austria, and Romano Prodi,  the former Prime Minister of Italy.

What Europe needs most is better leadership: Remarks at “Renaissance for Europe” event

On March 16-17, I participated in a series of discussions on the theme “Democratic Europe” at the Cirque d’Hiver where high-level European political leaders were united around François Hollande, candidate of the Parti Socialiste for the French presidential elections. The event was organized as part of a larger initiative called “Rebirth for Europe for a common progressive vision” launched by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, Fondation Jean-Jaurès, Fondazione Italianieuropei and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, following the three electoral campaigns in France, Germany and Italy. Our goal was a common declaration for the construction of a political, economic, social and ecological alternative for the European Union.

[Excerpt from speech on YouTube]

Please visit the “Renaissance for Europe” website for more information as well as links to the speeches by European Social Democratic leaders. And click here to read my remarks.