The 2019 Maurice Fraser Annual Lecture with the Rh Hon David Miliband
On Friday 21 June, the European Institute hosted the third event of the 'Maurice Fraser Annual Lecture Series' at the LSE, which commemorates our dear late colleague, Professor Maurice Fraser. The Rt Hon David Miliband discussed the past and future of UK-EU relationships with Professor Kevin Featherstone.
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The EI's First International Alumni Event - 6 June 2019, Berlin, Germany
The European Institute held its first major Alumni event abroad on Thursday 6 June, with a discussion on "Social Media and the Politicization of European Politics" at Humboldt Graduate School in Berlin, Germany.
Professor Simon Glendinning, Head of the European Institute, chaired a prestigious panel of speakers, which included EI Alumnus and German MP Kai Whittaker.The event was a great chance to re-connect with many EI Alumni outside of the UK, with more such occasions to come in the future!
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Professor Kevin Featherstone on the Advisory Board of the Delphi Economic Forum
We are very pleased to share the announcement that Professor Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor in Contemporary Greek Studies, Professor in European Politics and Director of the Hellenic Observatory, will now be a member of the Advisory Board of the Delphi Economic Forum.
Many congratulations to Kevin from everyone at the European Institute!
Professor Iain Begg's Podcast Appearance
Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, featured on the OMFIF podcast of June 5, discussing the results of the European Parliamentary Elections.
Gijs De Vries at University of Siena Conference
Gijs De Vries, Visiting Senior Fellow, spoke at the conference on ‘Bridging Theory and Practice: a European Approach to International Cultural Relations’, University of Siena, Siena, 27 June.
Dr Joan Costa-i-Font Contributions
Dr Joan Costa-i-Font, Associate Professor (Reader) in Political Economy, had his latest paper "Do Economic Recessions 'Squeeze the Middle-Class'" (with Alberto Batinti) published in the LIS Working Paper Series. He will also participate in the NBER Summer Institute – Political Economy Program, Boston on 14 and 15 July.
Martin Westlake's Contributions
Martin Westlake, Visiting Professor in Practice, spoke on the subject of 'Valeurs et importance des programmes d'échange d'enseignement supérieur: les origines des programmes américain Fulbright et européen Erasmus Mundus comparées' at the Académie Transatlantique d'été in Saint-Omer, France (6 June). He also awarded the inaugural Jan Olaf Hausotter Memorial Prize for the Best Thesis on Trans-Atlantic Affairs at the College of Europe (Bruges) Closing Ceremony (21 June).
Dr Joseph Downing's Publications
Dr Joseph Downing, LSE Fellow in Nationalism, had his book "French Muslims in Perspective" published by Palgrave Macmillan. His paper on the #MacronLeaks case was also published by Springer (13 June).
Dr Orkun Saka's Contributions
Dr Orkun Saka, Research Associate, had his research on the importance of local economic factors determining voter preferences mentioned in a BBC Turkish News piece on the Istanbul local re-elections (23 June). His paper on financial crises and the dynamics of financial de-liberalisation (co-authored with the EI's Paul De Grauwe and Angelo Martelli) was also covered by VoxEU (25 June).
3-5 July Richard Bronk, Visiting Fellow, is attending the ESRC STEPS centre symposium on ‘The politics of uncertainty: practical challenges for transformative action' at the University of Sussex on 3-5 July, contributing especially to the banking and finance theme.
5 July Professor Paul De Grauwe, John Paulson Chair in European Political Economy, will give a keynote lecture at the Portuguese Economic Association meeting.
14-15 July Dr Joan Costa-Font, Associate Professor (Reader) in Political Economy, will be presenting at the NBER Summer Institute - Political Economy Program, Boston.
Professor Iain Begg's Contributions
Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, commented on the impact of Brexit on the Eurozone and its future for La Razón (20 May, in Spanish); on how US-China trade tensions are affecting the world for CGTN (22 May); and on numerous topics for Bild, including on Theresa May stepping down and the ensuing Tory leadership contest (24 May, in German). His latest publication "Fiscal policy in Europe at crossroads" was also recently published on Funcas. On 26 May Professor Iain Begg participated in "La soirée européenne", an EU Elections viewing event organised by Sciences Po with other universities, in Paris, where he also met France-based LSE Alumni; and on May 28 he took part in a webinar for OMFIF, discussing the EP election results alongside Bernd Lucke (Alternative für Deutschland founder and former member).
Dr Esra Özyürek's British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship
Dr Esra Özyürek, Associate Professor in Contemporary Turkish Studies, received a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for her research project titled "Holocaust Memory and Immigration Integration in Europe". The warmest congratulations on her achievement from everyone at the European Institute!
Gijs De Vries Book Reviews and Article
Gijs De Vries, Visiting Senior Fellow, wrote a review of the book 'Wat doen ze daar eigenlijk? Gesprekken met Nederlandse Europarlementariërs' by M. van Keulen & C. Aalberts for the Clingendael Spectator (20 May, in Dutch); and a book review of 'Le nouvel empire: L’Europe du vingt et unième siècle' for the LSE EUROPP blog (21 May). His article on cultural diplomacy and EU foreign policy was also published for the Berlin Policy Journal (23 May).
Philippe Legrain's Contributions
Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, contributed to the Dahrendorf Forum/European Institute workshop at LSE on Realising Europe's Soft and Sharp Power (3 May). He also spoke about populism and the European elections at Humboldt University in Berlin (8 May) and at a Clingendael event in Rotterdam on "Europe and the 'new normal' in global trade" (21 May).
Anthony Teasdale at the 2019 State of the Union conference
Anthony Teasdale, Visiting Professor in Practice, spoke as a panellist on ‘The future of democracy and governance: Global trends to 2030’ at the 2019 State of the Union conference, organised by the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, on Thursday 2nd May.
FUTURE EUROPE Conference
On 10 May, the London leg of the 'FUTURE EUROPE' conference took place at the LSE, hosted by the European Institute. The recording of the entire session is available at this link, via a registration to the portal.
EI Academics' Success in 2019 Awards at LSE
For the LSE Class Teacher of the Year Awards 2019, Dr Miriam Sorace won the award for excellence in Student Learning Development; Dr Chrysoula Papalexatou was highly commended for Student Support, and Dr Cristobal Garibay-Petersen highly commended for Inspiring Teaching.
For the 2019 Student-led LSE Awards, the following EI academics were highly commended: Dr Abby Innes for Mentoring and Personal Development, and Dr Spyros Economides & Dr Eiko Thielemann (Government and European Institute) for Inspirational Teaching.
European Institute Highly Commended for Departmental Excellence
The European Institute had been Highly Commended in Departmental Excellence. This award is for departments who are:
· Brilliantly organised and have great administrative support.
· Engage and interact effectively, fostering a great departmental community.
· Listen and act upon student feedback.
· Have excellent welfare and pastoral support services.
· Put diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything they do.
Professor Iain Begg's Commentaries
Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, commented on the latest Brexit developments for L'Avenir (3 April, in French), for xinhuanet.com (5 April) and for Daily Finland (6 April). He also spoke on 'Le puzzle du Brexit' at a conference organised by the Université Paris 1 (4 April) and delivered a briefing on Brexit and European economic governance to the European team at the New York Federal Reserve (8 April).
Martin Westlake's Contributions
Martin Westlake, Visiting Professor in Practice, delivered a short paper on the subject of 'possible EU party political systems' in the European Parliament, Brussels, on the occasion of the launch of the book 'The European Parliament in Times of EU Crisis' (ed. Olivier Costa) on 2 April. He also acted as discussant and chaired a panel on 'Theorizing (Dis)Integration' at a workshop on 'Theories of European Integration' at the Free University of Brussels (4 April).
Professor Nicholas Barr's Interview
Professor Nicholas Barr, Professor in Public Economics, featured in an interview published as ‘LatAm’s 2 Main Pension Challenges’, The Pension Problem, BNAmericas Intelligence Series, Banking, April 2019, pp. 6-8.
Lorenzo Codogno's Article on Italy
Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, co-authored an article on the Italian document of economics and finance and the deficit question with Giampaolo Galli on "Il Sole 24 Ore" (11 April).
Philippe Legrain's Contributions
Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, wrote columns for Project Syndicate on the EU's relationship with China (5 April) and for the Brussels Times on what the EU needs to do to combat climate change (4 April). In April, he also contributed to a symposium in The International Economy on populism.
EI Academics Professor Kevin Featherstone, Dr Spyros Economides and Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis at conference in the US
On 12 April Professor Kevin Featherstone, Dr Spyros Economides and Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis participated in the 'Greece and the Euro - From Crisis to Recovery' conference at Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, Massachussetts, on 12 April. The occasion was organised by Professor George Alogoskoufis and Professor Kevin Featherstone. Our academics presented papers on political, historical and cultural overviews; Euro-area governance and Greece; Greece's foreign relations after the crisis; and the labor market and the problem of unemployement in Greece.
Professor Iain Begg's Contributions
Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, contributed to several broadcasts by international media in March and, amongst others, appeared on: The Strait Times (16 March) and Bild (11 March and 13 March, in German) about Brexit, and on Sputnik about Brexit (20 March, radio) and the upcoming EU Budget (21 March, web).
Dr Waltraud Schelkle's Media Appearance
Dr Waltraud Schelkle, Associate Professor in Political Economy, participated in the conversation with Mark Blyth and Ashoka Mody on the question on the question 'Is the eurozone fixable?' for the Financial Times' podcast "Alphachat" on March 8.
European Institute Representatives at Delphi Economic Forum IV
Several members of staff and some students of the LSE European Institute are attending the Delphi Economic Forum IV, which will take place from Thursday 28 February to Sunday 3 March 2019. Professor Kevin Featherstone, Professor Spyros Economides, Dr Vassilis Monastriotis, Professor Iain Begg and Professor Tony Travers will all be speaking in the panels that will take place during the Forum. Furthermore, nine students from the LSESU Hellenic Society will attend the Forum, including some EI students.
Professor Iain Begg's Contributions
Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, has written for the online edition of Bild (all articles in German) on the the Brexit negotiations from an EU perspective (13 February), the Tories' defections in Parliament to the Independent Group (20 February) and Labour's support for a second referendum (25 February). He also contributed to numerous broadcasts for international news outlets, including a TRT World piece on MPs quitting the Conservative Party (20 February); and his latest publication on "The Future EU Budget" was recently published.
Gijs De Vries' New Role and Publication
Gijs De Vries, Visiting Senior Fellow, has accepted an invitation from the German Foreign Ministry to serve as an advisor to its Task Force on drafting a new cultural diplomacy strategy (Auswärtiges Amt, AKBP Strategieprozess 2020).
Furthermore, his LSE blog ‘A hard Brexit will see criminals take back control’ (LSE blog 12.03.2018) has been republished (with the same title) in Helena Carrapico, Antonia Niehuss, and Chloé Berthélémy (eds.), Brexit and Internal Security. Political and Legal Concerns on the Future UK-EU Relationship (Palgrave MacMillan, 2019), pp. 87-91. The book was published on 4 February 2019.
On 30 March, Gijs's article "Orban schendt de Europese idealen" was published by the newspaper Trouw (in Dutch).
Dr Waltraud Schelkle's Contributions
Dr Waltraud Schelkle, Associate Professor in Political Economy, had three papers published in the month of February:
Mabbett, D., & Schelkle, W. (2019). Independent or lonely? Central banking in crisis. Review of International Political Economy (online). ISSN 0969-2290.
Schelkle, W. (2019). EU Pension policy and financialisation: purpose without power?, Journal of European Public Policy, 1-18.
Schelkle, W. (2019). Integration and Disintegration: Two-level games in the EU. In D. Bailey & C. Hay (Eds.), Diverging Capitalisms, Brexit and the new EU economic governance. Houndmills: Palgrave, pp.125-147.
Dr Marina Cino Pagliarello's Nomination
Dr Marina Cino Pagliarello, ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow (Industrial Strategy), has been nominated as the LSE Early Career Researcher representative to attend the ESRC meeting on the future strategic vision of the ESRC held in London on the 21st of February.
Lorenzo Codogno's Interviews
Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, was interviewed on the Italian economic situation on CNBC (1 February) and SkyTG24 Economia (6 February, in Italian).
Dr Robert Basedow's Evidence
Dr Robert Basedow, Assistant Professor in International Political Economy, gave evidence at the Trade Select Committee of the House of Commons on 'UK international investment policy after Brexit' on 27 February. The recording of the session is available.
Gijs De Vries' Presentations
Gijs De Vries, Visiting Senior Fellow, has recently carried out the following public presentations: 'Public diplomacy as a dimension of EU foreign policy' at the German Foreign Ministry, Berlin, on 3 December 2018; 'EU international cultural relations: a look ahead' at the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC), Brussels, on 12 December 2018; and 'Implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Carribean: the case of Aruba' at the Audit Chamber of Aruba, Aruba, on 14 December 2018.
Professor Iain Begg's Contributions
Professor Iain Begg, Professorial Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Forum, contributed on Brexit for broadcasts on CNBC ('Brexit explained: 3.3 million jobs, EU immigration, the Irish border and everything else about the UK's big gamble') and Channel 4 ('FactCheck: Can we avoid paying the £39 billion Brexit divorce bill?'). He also wrote articles for The Hill on 13 January and 17 January.
Marta Lorimer's Piece
Marta Lorimer, PhD Candidate, has published a piece on Open Democracy, reviewing the views of Europe of far right parties, on 17 January.
Philippe Legrain's Contributions
Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, wrote a piece for the Aspen Institute Italy on why, despite Theresa May's historic defeat in Parliament, the most likely outcome is still that the Withdrawal Agreement will ultimately be approved, on 21 January.
Dinam Seminar Series
Martin Westlake, Visiting Senior Fellow, has launched the new Dinam Seminar on the European Union's New Foreign Policy. In January, he co-chaired the first two sessions, with Christian Leffler (Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service) and Stavros Lambrinidis (European Union's Special Representative on Human Rights) as guest speakers. On 22 January Mr Westlake also gave a seminar on 'Conflictual dynamics between democratic political legitimacy and ethical administrations in international organisations' in the International Relations Department's IR 507 International Institutions, Law and Ethics Research Workshop.
Dr Orkun Saka - Call for Papers
Call for papers for LSE Workshop on Political Economy of Turkey to be held on 12 March, 2019 at the LSE. Policy panel including Sergei Guriev (EBRD) and Selin Sayek Boke (Member of Turkish Parliament).
The submission deadline is January 18, 2019. Please see link for further event details and submission requirements: Call for papers
Richard Bronk's Lecture
Richard Bronk gave a joint lecture with Professor Jens Beckert on ‘Economics for uncertain times’ at the RSA in central London on 1 November 2018. To listen to the podcast click here
Dr Bongardt and Dr Torres on the Future of EU
Dr Annette Bongardt and Dr Francisco Torres delivered a presentation on The Future of EU governance at the conference Europe at the Cross Roads, organised by the Social Sciences Institute of the University of Lisbon on 15 October.
Dr Torres Chairing a Session at Oxford
Dr Francisco Torres, Visiting Senior Fellow, chaired a session of the Political Economy of Financial Markets series at St Antony’s College, Oxford University, 19 November, on The EU’s monetary and financial policies: The core and the periphery by Charles Enoch, PEFM Director. Read more
Lorenzo Codogno on the Media
Lorenzo Codogno has recently delivered multiple interviews on the Italian Budget, including with Class CNBC (26 October) and Radio Sputnik News (23 November). Lorenzo has also commented on Brexit for Al Jazeera (17 November), and he has taken part in multiple presentations recently, including at John Hopkins University on “Budgetary policies: the electoral campaign and the new government”, with Silvia Merler in Bologna on 17 November.
Philippe Legrain on the Press
Philippe Legrain has written multiple columns for leading news publications, including on: why Angela Merkel won't be missed when she retires, for Project Syndicate; why the real EU disintegration threat isn't further exits, but rather nationalists undermining and then taking over EU institutions, for Brussels Times; why the new divide in the Brexit debate is between pragmatists who prefer a bad deal to no deal and players who are willing to risk no-deal chaos to achieve their ends (a hard Brexit, no Brexit, a Labour government), for CapX.
Dr Waltraud Schelkle Awarded ERC Synergy Grant
Dr Waltraud Schelkle together with Dr Maurizio Ferrera from the University of Milan and Hanspeter Kriesi at the European University Institute, has been awarded a large Synergy Grant by the European Research Council. They will explore 'Policy Crisis and Crisis Politics. Sovereignty, Solidarity and Identity in the EU post 2008'. The project will run over six years, starting in mid-2019, and has an overall value of €9.6 million. In its award letter, the ERC commended the project for 'Its considerable ambition in both empirical and theoretical terms [..] supported by the excellent methodology that the [Principal Investigators] intend to apply'. The ERC Press Release with a list of the 27 grants awarded can be found here:
Dr Waltraud Schelkle has also published an article on the German economist Hans-Werner Sinn that appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on 11 October, 2019. An English translation can be found here.
Dr Martin Westlake's paper in UACES Conference
Dr Martin Westlake delivered a paper at the UACES 48th Annual Conference in Bath. The paper, entitled 'The more (European integration) there is, the more (Euroscepticism) there is: Euroscepticism as reactive identity formation and the importance of an opposition and not just opposition,' was given in a panel on 'Assessing the Impact of Euroscepticism on Institutions: the EU Arena.'
Professor Kevin Featherstone's Contributions
Professor Kevin Featherstone, spoke on ‘The UK politics of a BREXIT deal’ at the Hertie School of Government, Berlin, 1 October; he also spoke to the LSE Alumni Association in Brussels on 9th October, updating them on developments at LSE and giving his assessment of the Brexit negotiations so far. His co-speaker was Margaritis Schinas, Chief Spokesman of the EU Commission. On 19th October he commented on the future of Anglo-Greek relations after ‘Brexit’ to an audience of policy-makers and officials at Ditchley Park, UK.
Gijs De Vries' Participations
Gijs De Vries will be joining the Reflection Group of the German Foreign Ministry charged with reviewing Germany’s public diplomacy. He also participated in the 2018 meeting of the annual Anglo-Dutch high level conference (Apeldoorn Conference).
Lectures by Dr Esra Özyürek
Dr Esra Özyürek gave a lecture on 'Making Germans out of Turks and Arabs? Holocaust Memory and Inclusion/Exclusion' at the Center for European Studies, Harvard University, on 24 September 2018. She also gave a lecture titled 'Generation Allah: Democratizing Muslim Men and Holocaust Memory in Germany' at the University of Illinois, on 20 September 2018.
Anthony Teasdale's Article
Anthony Teasdale has published an article (co-authored with David Willetts) about Margaret Thatcher's Bruges speech, entitled 'How the seed of Brexit was planted 30 years ago', in the October 2018 edition of Prospect magazine.
Publications by Dr Annette Bongardt and Dr Francisco Torres
Dr Annette Bongardt and Dr Francisco Torres have recently co-authored 'Trade Agreements and Regional Integration: the EU after Brexit', Chapter 32 in Robert Looney (ed.), Routledge Handbook of International Trade Agreements: Country, regional and global approaches, London and NY: Routledge, pp. 296-306; and 'What should be the EU’s approach to global trade?', Forum on the Global Trading System, Review of European Economic Policy,Vol. 53, 5, Sept/Oct.
Dr Esra Özyürek comments on Turkey
Dr Esra Özyürek talked to the following media outlets about the economic crisis in Turkey: BBC, Canda Television and ITV. She has also had her article "Exile and Plurality in Neoliberal Times: Turkey's Academics for Peace" accepted for publication and has been scheduled for the May 2019 special issue of Public Culture (31-2) on the theme of 'Interrogating the Histories and Futures of “Diversity”: Transnational Perspectives'.
Dr Esra Özyürek in Imminent Frame
Dr Esra Özyürek wrote about adopting religious belief one did not inherit from their parents "Inheratance and Belief" in Imminent Frame, 3 July 2018.
LSE Contintental Breakfast 15 June 2018
Horatio Mortimer has summarized the contributions and discussions of the Continental Breakfast which occurred on 15 June 2018 at the LSE concerning Brexit and Multilateralism.