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The good news first: the European economy is finally recovering. The bad news: many of its deepest problems have not been resolved. The financial and debt crisis is still hovering over the Eurozone. Economic and social convergence is too slow for the monetary union. Unemployment in Southern Europe remains at record level. Resilience and readiness to counter future crises is not sufficient.
Since the Brexit referendum, anti-EU parties have been kept at bay in most European countries. But political discontent runs high. Public trust in the European project has been shaken to the core. After the elections in France and Germany however a window of opportunity might open for substantial reforms.
In the book “The future of the Eurozone” that we are presenting, the editors bring together contributions from progressive experts and practitioners on social inequality, economic divergence, and the democratic deficit. They analyze the most important players in Germany and propose inter alia a common budget, a Eurozone Finance Minister and social minimum standards.
Christos Katsioulis, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung EU-Office Brussels
Inputs from the editors:
Alexander Schellinger, personal advisor to the CEO, Techniker Krankenkasse, Hamburg, Germany, previously Economic and Social Policy Advisor at Friedrich-Ebert Foundation in Berlin
Philipp Steinberg, Director General Economic Policy at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin, Germany
Maria Joao Rodrigues, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-President of the S&D Group and President of FEPS - European Foundation of Progressive Studies
Reinhard Felke, European Commission, Deputy head of cabinet at the Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs
Dominika Biegon, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Berlin, Internationale Politikanalyse
The event will be followed by a snack and refreshments.