Keynote Speech for Trade Union Movement in Germany

On Monday, April 19, I gave a keynote speech for a series of online events organized by the trade union movement in Germany together with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Hans Böckler Foundation under the title: “Towards the United States of Europe? Trade union visions for a progressive European economic policy.” In addition to my keynote speech, I was asked to participate in the third panel, focused on  “How united should the United States of Europe be? Opportunities and limitations of flexible integration in EU economic policy.”

Other keynotes were given by Martin Schulz, former President of the European Parliament, and Frank Werneke, head of the industrial services Union. The other participants in the panel discussion, which was chaired by Melinda Crane, were Reiner Hoffmann (German Trade Union Confederation),  Philippa Sigl-Glöckner (member in the economic advisory board of the German Social Democratic Party) and Lukas Oberndorfer (Chamber of Labour Vienna).

Key questions discussed during the panel were:

1)      What exactly can a flexible EU economic policy look like? How much flexibility is possible in the Monetary Union?
2)       Does the current EU economic governance have a legitimacy problem?  How can the legitimacy of the EU economic governance be strengthened?
3)      Are further integration steps needed in EU economic policy? What kind of reforms are needed? Can further integration steps in  EU economic policy be harmful?

I also produced a short article for the event with my main points, which will be translated and published on the blog of the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation, the IPG journal: Journal für Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft | IPG Journal.

An Economy that Works for the People: Beyond Brexit and Covid-19

On Monday, April 12, I was a speaker on a panel entitled “The New EU Economic Policy after Covid-19 and Next Generation EU” as part of the day-long high level conference An Economy that Works for the People: Beyond Brexit and Covid-19.” Organized by the the DCU Brexit Institute in Dublin in the framework of the Jean Monnet Project RELAY, an EU-funded Erasmus+ project, coordinated by the University of Maastricht and involving a number of partners across Europe, the aim of the conference was to to assess the policy priorities of the new European Commission. The event, which featured a keynote speech by Mr. Paolo Gentiloni, European Commissioner in charge of Economic Affairs, took stock of the major developments which Next Generation EU, the post-pandemic recovery fund, represents for the future of the European Union.

[Download the conference program]

An event report may be found here. The recordings of the event will be available on the DCU Brexit Institute youtube channel.

Discursive Institutionalism Presentation for Norwegian University Consortium


On March 8, 2021, I gave a presentation entitled “Discursive Institutionalism:  Analyzing the Power of Ideas and Discourse in Institutional Context” for a research seminar series on Law, Democracy and Welfare (RDV) hosted by a university consortium in the West of Norway.

The seminar series is based on a collaboration between the Research Group Law, Democracy and Welfare at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, the Center for Research on Discretion and Paternalism at the Department of Administration and Organization Theory at the University of Bergen, and the Center for Law and Social Transformation at the University of Bergen. The seminar series’ field of interest is located at the interplay between law, welfare, and democracy, with a focus both on the effects different legal constructions have on the liberty and social and political participation of vulnerable groups and on of welfare services practice and decision-making.

Comment in Le Monde

« La BCE devrait avoir un mandat politique clair qui expliciterait quels objectifs secondaires sont les plus pertinents pour l’UE »

I was co-signer (with seven other experts) to a comment in the French newspaper Le Monde that argued that to ensure that the ECB does more with regard to its secondary objectives, the ECB needs political guidance from the European Parliament and arguably the Council.