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A Europe Made of Money

Tuesday 22 January 2013, 7.00pm, Graham Wallas Room (OLD550), Old Building
Speaker: Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol; Chair: Dr Piers Ludlow

The euro's roots can be traced back to the creation of the European Monetary System (EMS) in 1979. Against the backdrop of the ongoing euro crisis, Dr. Mourlon-Druol explained the whys, whens, whos and hows of this first concrete attempt at organising Europe's money: Why a near-fixed exchange rate regime instead of a single currency? Why in 1979 and not earlier? Who was behind the proposal? How was it negotiated?  Dr. Mourlon-Druol explored these questions that he deals with in his new book, A Europe Made of Money.

By explaining the emergence of the immediate predecessor to the euro, Dr. Mourlon-Druol was able to shed some light on the current eurozone travails: how have things gone so wrong? And how does the EMS negotiations help us understand the pitfalls of current debates?

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Dr Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol was Pinto Post-Doctoral Fellow at LSE IDEAS for the 2010-2011 academic year.





Dr N. Piers Ludlow is Head of the Cold War Studies Programme and Reader in International History at the LSE.