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Reflections on the Second Decade of Economic and Monetary Union

  • Amy Verdun
  • Bernard ter Haar
  • Martin Heipertz
  • George Pagoulatos
  • Waltraud Schelkle
Thursday 15 November 2018
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Spanish Steps


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How has the Euro area done?

In 2018 it has been twenty years since the start of Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) in the European Union (EU). In this public panel we look back particularly at the second decade: how has the euro area done? How has it survived the financial crisis and the euro debt crisis? Are there still issues that need to be overcome? This public panel consists of a mix of politicians, policy-makers and academics who have followed the developments closely. Join us in listening to them.

About the speakers

Bernard ter Haar is directeur-generaal for the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Groningen in 1988. He started his career in the public service at the Ministry of Finance in the 1980s, where he stayed until 2009. He subsequently worked for the Ministry of Infrastructure and environment and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. Besides his public office, he is member of the Supervisory Board of the international non-profit organisation Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV).

Martin Heipertz is Head of Division for the German Federal Ministry of Finance. He studied at Oxford, at the College of Europe in Bruges and received his Ph.D. from the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne in 2004. Dr. Heipertz worked for several German ministries, as well as for the European Central Bank and the European Investment Bank. In 2014 he joined Jean-Claude Juncker’s European electoral campaign as advisor for economic and financial affairs. Since 2014 he works for Federal Ministry of Finance. He is member of the German political party CDU. He is the author of Ruling Europe: Theory and Politics of the Stability and Growth Pact, with Amy Verdun (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

George Pagoulatos is Professor of European Politics and Economy at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. He sits on the Governing Boards of the Athens-based Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and of the Brussels-based European Policy Centre (EPC). He has extensive experience in providing advice and analysis on the Greek political economy, and has been widely interviewed and quoted in the international media regarding the Eurozone and the Greek crisis. Author of several books and many articles, he is a regular columnist in the Sunday edition of the main Greek centrist newspaper Kathimerini since 2007. In 2011-12 he served as Senior Advisor and Director of Strategy at the PM Office under the technocratic Prime Minister Lucas Papademos and the interim government of P. Pikrammenos.

Waltraud Schelkle is an Associate Professor in Political Economy at the European Institute and has been at LSE since autumn 2001. She is an Adjunct Professor of economics at the Economics Department of the Free University of Berlin where she did a post-doctorate degree (Habilitation) in 1999 with a thesis on ‘The new theory of monetary integration’ (published in German in 2001). Dr Schelkle is also a (non-resident) Senior Fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C. and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Social Policy Research (Zentrum für Sozialpolitik) in Bremen. The author of dozens of journal articles on EMU-related themes, Waltraud is the author of The Political Economy of Monetary Solidarity (Oxford University Press, 2017).

Amy Verdun (BA/MA University of Amsterdam; PhD European University Institute) is Professor of European Politics and Political Economy in the Department of Political Science of Leiden University (on leave from the University of Victoria). Her prolific academic publishing record includes 20 books (of which 18 edited books), more than 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and more than 70 book chapters. She has been has been guest editor of 15 special issues of journals. From 2010-2017 she was co-editor (with Michelle Cini) of JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies. She was co-editor (with Henrik Enderlein) of a Special Issue in 2009 of the Journal of European Public Policy on ‘Ten Years of EMU: What Have We Learned in Political Science?’.

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