I recently discussed Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy: Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone on a bonus episode of the Europe Desk podcast. The episode was recorded as part of a special book series with the European Union Studies Association and aired on Tuesday, August 24. In my conversation with Georgetown MA students Mitchell Farriss and Shelby Emami, I talked about the book’s main arguments including how the Eurozone crisis undermined EU legitimacy and triggered euroscepticism.
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I have just had a show of my fine art photography at the Library Gallery of St. John’s Anglican Church in Menton, France. Entitled “Reflections of the Riveira,” the images of sunrises and sunsets in the border area between Bordighera (on the Italian coast) and Cap Martin (on the French coast) were taken during Covid-19, when everyone was in lockdown.
I was invited by the committee in charge of the Library Gallery to show my work, which was on display from June 5 through August 11. The opening on July 22 was attended by over 40 international guests.
On July 14-15, 2021, I participated in the workshop “EMU at a Crossroads? Economic Governance Reforms in the European Union” hosted by the Leibniz Institute for Financial Research SAFE (Sustainable Architecture for Finance). I was a co-panelist in a debate entitled “Will this Time be Different? Lessons from the European Economic and Financial Responses to the Crisis and Future Prospects,” chaired by Sandra Eckert (Goethe University and Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies).
I was quoted at length recently in a Sarasota Herald Tribune op-ed by Roger Brown comparing French President Macron’s tough approach to French citizens who are choosing not to be vaccinated with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s enabling stance. The piece — Gov. DeSantis needs some French lessons on handling the unvaccinated — can be found here.