#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.


Talking about Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy on Social Europe Podcast

I recently had the chance to discuss Europe's crisis of legitimacy and the interrelationship between democratic legitimacy at the European level and the ongoing Eurozone crisis - the subject of my latest book, Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone, on the Social Europe Podcast.

The podcast explores cutting-edge thinking on politics, economy and employment & labor with some of the most thought-provoking people around, including Nobel Prize winners and other internationally acclaimed experts. I talked about wavering trust in governing activities and authorities in the Eurozone and the different measures of governing legitimacy I use to gauge European Union actors’ legitimacy in the aftermath the Eurozone Crisis.  

Quote in Wall Street Journal on EU’s Covid-19 Recovery Fund

I was quoted on the paradigm shift in EU’s Covid-19 rescue package compared to the EU's policy approach after the 2008 financial crisis in a December 6 Wall Street Journal article by Paul Hannon entitled, “Europe Seeks to Boost Pandemic-Damaged Economy by Spending.”

The rescue deal allows for transfers within the bloc to the regions most badly hit by the pandemic and most in need of funds - very similar to what happens in the United States on a routine basis. There has also been a change in monetary policy, allowing for easier borrowing by states in need of fiscal stimulus.



Honorary Professorship at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome

I have just been awarded an Honorary Professorship in the Department of Political Science at LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, for a three-year term. I was very surprised and pleased to receive this unexpected honor.  In Europe, to be named Honorary Professor is one of the most prestigious awards a University can grant to someone who is not a member of their faculty.   It signals their appreciation of a person’s scholarship along with interest in maintaining close ties with them in both research and teaching venues.  I have already been a visiting professor at LUISS in the School of Government for a number of years, conducting a short-term seminar in Rome once a year in late spring.  This takes the relationship to a new level for the next three years.  I am truly honored, and delighted!




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.