EU Crisis Management Event in Stockholm, Sweden

On April 29, I participated in a panel in Stockholm analyzing how the European Union has handled the crises of the 21st century. The event, which also marked the publication of a new report titled EU Crisis Management, was hosted by the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS)

Joining me on the panel, which was chaired by SIEPS director Göran von Sydow, were Christian Kreuder-Sonnen, Junior Professor of Political Science and International Organizations at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena; Astrid Séville, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, currently visiting Professor at the University of Vienna’s Institute of Contemporary History; Jonathan White, Deputy Head of the European Institute and Professor of Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); and Thomas Persson, Associate Professor at the Department of Government, Uppsala University.

Speakers provided perspectives on the strengths and weaknesses of EU crisis management and made assessments of how the EU’s capacity for crisis management can be improved. My presentation (as well as my chapter in the report) was entitled “Economic Crisis Management in the EU: From Past Eurozone Mistakes To Future Promise beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic.” I argued that in order to meet its current challenges – the green transition, the digital transformation, addressing socio-economic inequalities and the Ukraine crisis – the EU should not go back to Eurozone crisis management rules. Rather, the EU needs more instruments to promote EU-wide sustainable development in a context of more flexible and inclusive economic governance.

For more details and an event recording, visit SIEPS’s website.