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).
On June 16, I participated via teleconference in a policy dialogue organized by Bruegel and the research project EU3D (EU Differentiation, Dominance and Democracy), coordinated by ARENA Centre for European Studies. Sergio Fabbrini, John Erik Fossum, Magdalena Góra, and Guntram Wolff examined the approach of the EU institutions to the Conference on the Future of Europe after which I offered reflections. The live stream was attended by 283 people.
On Friday, June 4, I had the honor of presenting my book for LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, where I am also an Honorary Professor. Joining the discussion were Giuliano Amato, Vice President of the Italian Constitutional Court (and former Prime Minister); Sergio Fabbrini, Dean of the Department of Political Science, Luiss University; Stefano Micossi, President of the School of European Political Economy, Luiss University; Giovanni Orsina, Director of the School of Government, Luiss University; and Mark Thatcher, Professor of The Politics of Cultural Heritage in Europe, Luiss University.
On May 27, I took part in a webinar dedicated to the the discussion of the new books on Europe organized by Arnauld LECLERC, the Télos, Ethos, Nomos de l’Europe (TEN Europa) Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Nantes (DCS). The topic of discussion was my new book, Europe’s Crisis of Legitimacy : Governing by Rules and Ruling by Numbers in the Eurozone. Muriel ROUYER, Professor of political science at the University of Nantes (DCS) and Morgane DELORME, PhD student in political science at the University of Nantes (DCS) and in philosophy at the University of Montreal (CRE) joined the discussion.
On May 25, I participated in a webinar on the politics of emergency, as part of a series of online talks from UCL’s European Institute and the Department of Public Policy/School of Public Policy.
The roundtable discussion builds on a debate section on “European and the Transnational Politics of Emergency,” co-eds Christian Kreuder-Sonnen and Jonathan White (2021) , in the Journal of European Public Policy, to which I contributed. Myarticle for the journal is entitled: “European Emergency Politics and the Question of Legitimacy.”
On Monday, May 24, I took part in a discussion hosted by BU’s Center for the Study of Europe with Bojan Bugaric, Professor of Law at Sheffield University and Associate Fellow, SPERI (Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute, and Mark Tushnet, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School. Bugaric and Tushnet were presenting their forthcoming book from Oxford University Press:Power to the People: Constitutionalism in an Age of Populism. I was joined by Robert L. Tsai, Professor of Law at Boston University, who also offered comments.
Bugaric and Tushnet’s book challenges the notion that populism is ipso facto incompatible with modern liberal democracy. While acknowledging that some variants of populism are indeed incompatible with constitutionalism, they argue that the tension between populism and constitutionalism is narrower than much of the commentary suggests. Their analysis of populism in a variety of contexts reveals there are many populisms, and further, that sometimes populism helps to revivify democracy rather than undermine it.
On May 21, I gave a presentation entitled “COVID 19 and Its Possible Implications for EU Differentiation” for PhD students in a short course on “A Differentiated Europe and Its Implications” organized by ARENA Center for European Studies, Oslo University. The core objective of this course is to address differentiation as a central concern in European studies, across academic disciplines from political science, public policy and public administration, to law, sociology and history.
On May 10, 2021, I took part in a webinar organized by the RECONNECT Horizon 2020 project—a four-year multidisciplinary research project on ‘Reconciling Europe with its Citizens through Democracy and the Rule of Law’, aimed at understanding and providing solutions to the recent challenges faced by the European Union (EU).
The event begins with a presentation by RECONNECT partner Prof. Bernd Schlipphak (University of Münster), who summarizes theresults from a survey among 12,000 citizens from six European countries on the ideal setting of the EU in the mind of European citizens. Based on these results, a panel of experts consisting of myself, Prof. Brigid Laffan (EUI, Florence), Prof. Michael Zürn (WZB, Berlin) discusses the implications for the wider prospects of EU reform. The webinar is moderated by RECONNECT partner Prof. Oliver Treib in collaboration with Dana S. Atzpodien (both from the University of Münster).
On Wednesday, April 21, I gave a talk entitled “Democratic Legitimacy in Times of Emergency: Eurozone Crisis and the Covid-19 Pandemic.” It was a one hour videoconference presentation for the seminar series International Relations in the North East at Northumbria University, Newcastle on Tyne.