Legitimacy in a time of Covid: Lessons from the Eurozone Crisis

On Wednesday, May 27, 2020, I presented a talk via Zoom entitled, “Legitimacy in a  time of Covid: Lessons from the Eurozone Crisis” for the  Schuman Center at the European University Institute’s seminar series on Covid 19. Drawing on the themes of my recent book – Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers – my presentation focussed on the problems of legitimacy during the Covid-19 crisis, with examples from EU institutional actors as well as from a wide range of countries.

Corona-Crisis: Views from across the Atlantic

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On Tuesday, May 26, I was a speaker, along with Adam S. Posen (The Peterson Institute for International Economics) and Jeffry Frieden (Harvard University), at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw) webinar  “Corona-Crisis: Views from across the Atlantic” on the economic impact of the crisis and policy developments in the US and Europe. The panel discussion was moderated by wiiw economist Michael Landesmann.

The panel addressed the following questions:

  • How does the unfolding Covid-19 crisis compare so far between the US and Europe?
  • How does the EMU/EU governance structure constrain monetary and fiscal responses compared to the US?
  • Which failures in policy can be/could have been avoided?
  • Which social and political outcomes do you expect on both sides of the Atlantic?
  • How will the US and European responses affect global economic and political relations?

[Link to the webinar recording]

European Integration and the Future of EU-UK Relations in Times of COVID-19

On Monday, May 4, I participated in an interview  with Sarah Wolff for the 1st episode of the NEXTEUK Virtual Seminar Series at Queen Mary University in London. In the interview, on the subject of European integration and the future of EU-UK relations in times of COVID-19, I talked about populism, lessons from the Eurozone crisis, the responses of the EU and member-states, and finally what the EU can do. Enjoy!

Between Power and Powerlessness in the Euro Zone Crisis and Thereafter

I have just published an article with Martin Carstensen, Associate Professor at Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School, in the Journal of European Public Policy. The article – “Between power and powerlessness in the euro zone crisis and thereafter” – shows how interaction between EU institutional actors is structured by different kinds of power – coercive, institutional and ideational – and argues that none of these are sufficient on their own for actors to successfully drive the reform process. 

The Varied Responses of EU Institutional Actors to the COVID Crisis

A man wearing a face mask walks past the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on April 9, 2020. ©Reuters/Yves Herman
A man wearing a face mask walks past the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on April 9, 2020. ©Reuters/Yves Herman

On Wednesday, April 29, I served as moderator for the Zoom videoconference: “The Varied Responses of EU Institutional Actors to the COVID Crisis.” Panelists included Sergey Lagodinsky, Green Member of the European Parliament, and André Sapir, Professor of Economics at ULB and Associate of the Breugel think-tank. The event was co-sponsored by Harvard’s Center for European Studies and the Belfer Center’s Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship at Harvard’s Kennedy School. 

Dilemmas for Democratic Legitimacy in the Coronavirus Crisis


On Tuesday, April 28, I gave a presentation entitled “Dilemmas for Democratic Legitimacy in the corona virus crisis, with lessons learned from the Eurozone crisis” as part of a panel on “Democratic Legitimacy and Public Debate in times of Pandemic” for the Zoom video-teleconference “Social Movements and Political Mobilisation in Times of Global Pandemic,” organized by the Copenhagen Center for Political Mobilization and Social Movement Studies (CoMMonS) at the University of Copenhagen. You can view all of the presentations on the Copenhagen Centre for Political Mobilisation and Social Movement Studies Facebook page. You can view my presentation below: