UCL European Institute


From Eurocrisis to Brexit: British and German Perspectives on the European Economy

05 December 2016, 6:30 pm


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5 December 2016
A range of economic and policy challenges in Britain and Germany will be examined and compared in this panel discussion, hosted jointly by UCL and the German Council of Economic Experts.

5 December 2016, 6.30-8.00pm

AV Hill Lecture Theatre
UCL Medical Sciences Building
Malet Street
London, WC1E 6BT

Brexit and the rise of Eurosceptic parties pose serious challenges to Europe - politically, but also and importantly so, economically. These come in addition to other economic policy challenges, including the reliance on the ECB's highly accommodative monetary stance to ensure growth; the varying success of countries in tackling structural reforms and reducing public debt; and longer-term issues such as globalisation and ageing.

In its latest report, the German Council of Economic Experts (GCEE), an independent advisory body, dissects these challenges and frames a policy agenda that could serve as blueprint for the next German government. At the European level, the GCEE argues for strict subsidiarity in EU economic policymaking, a strengthening of Europe's banking sector, and an insolvency rule for euro area sovereigns. It also rebuffs criticism on Germany's fiscal restraint and makes the case for a less expansionary monetary stance.

This panel discussion with German and British experts will seek to discuss and offer a range of perspectives on this European economic policy agenda, and assess its importance in the run-up to - and anticipation of - British exit from the European Union.

The discussion is hosted by the UCL European Institute in cooperation with UCL Economics and the German Council of Economic Experts. Participants include:

  • Christoph Schmidt, Chairman, German Council of Economic Experts
  • Ralph Luetticke, Lecturer in Economics, UCL
  • John Springford, Director of Research, Centre for European Reform
  • Uta Staiger, Executive Director, UCL European Institute (Chair)

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