Adjusting to the Crisis: Policy Choices and Politics in Europe

Jul 6th, 2011 | Category: About, European Seminar Poros 2011

Poros, Greece,  7-10 July 2011

This year we host the 8th Annual European Seminar of ELIAMEP on the island of Poros, from 7 to 10 July, 2011. The theme of this year’s seminar is:  Adjusting to the Crisis: Policy Choices and Politics in Europe.

In our annual European seminars, we bring together a group of 40-50 leading thinkers and practitioners from different countries. The emphasis is on an interdisciplinary exchange of views with a strong policy orientation.

This year, the discussion concerns the broader consequences of the economic crisis and the policy choices facing individual countries and the EU as whole. We start with a general discussion of the global and European dimensions of the crisis, its different national manifestations and the corresponding policy responses, in the context of the widening of economic divergence inside Europe. Then discussion turns to the political economy of adjustment, concentrating on internal disparities and the creation of winners and losers within countries. The rise of populism and the effects of the crisis on the old division between Left and Right is the topic of the first session of the second day of the seminar, followed by a discussion of the role of the economic crisis as a catalyst for further integration in Europe. The programme concludes with a panel discussion that will try to pull loose threads together.

We would like to note that last year’s European Seminar at Cape Sounion was devoted to European economic governance and was organised in collaboration with Bruegel, while the European Seminar that took place the year before, at Delphi, has led to the publication last month of “The Delphic Oracle on Europe: Is There a Future for the European Union?”, by Oxford University Press.

The main sponsor for our European seminars has been the European Commission.