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February 2019

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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.

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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.

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Martin Westlake's Publication

Martin Westlake, Visiting Senior Fellow, published: "The more (European integration) there is, the more (Euroscepticism) there is: Euroscepticism as reactive identity formation and the importance of opposition. Where might the EU institutions go from here?” Bruges Political Research Papers, Paper  n° 73 / 2019, College of Europe.

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Waltraud Schelkle's Publications

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.

Waltraud is happy to send the publications to anybody interested.

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Marina Cino Pagliarello's Nomination

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.

Staff Calendar

February 2019

19 February Anthony Teasdale, Visiting Senior Fellow, will speak in a seminar on 'Global Trends to 2030: The challenges and choices for Europe and the United States', hosted by the President of Columbia University on in New York City.

21-22 February Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, will speak at the University of Buckingham's Eurozone Conference 2019 (21-22 February).

28 February Philippe Legrain, Visiting Senior Fellow, will be speaking at the Delphi Economic Forum on Growth and Inequalities in Europe After the Crisis between 28 February and 3 March.

March 2019

2 March Denisa Kostovicova, Associate Professor in Global Politics, and Ivor Sokolić, Research Officer, will participate in the LSE Festival event "Art and Conflict".

5 March Waltraud Schelkle, Associate Professor in Political Economy, has been invited to give a presentation on the reform of the euro area  in the 'Conversations on the Future of Europe' at the European University Institute (EUI).

7 March Nicholas Barr, Professor in Public Economics, will be giving a keynote lecture on‘Strategies to increase retirement savings’ at an International Seminar: Options for creating sustainable pension systems in emerging markets, organised by the OECD, New Delhi.

13 March Richard Bronk, Visiting Fellow, will speak at the University of Graz in Austria on ‘Uncertain futures and the role of imagination and narratives in economics’.

26 March Nicholas Barr, Professor in Public Economics, will be on a panel discussing ‘How should pension liabilities be valued? Risk aversion and demographic uncertainty’, The Royal Society, London.

29 March Nicholas Barr, Professor in Public Economics, will be giving a lecture on‘The pension system in the new era’ at a Symposium on democracy, governance and inclusive growth organised by the RAP Foundation, London.

Past News 

January 2019

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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Lorenzo Codogno's Contribution

Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor in Practice, wrote an article on 4 December about the Italian deficit situation for Il Sole 24 Ore. He delivered presentations on the Macro Economic Imbalance Procedure at the Economic Policy Committee/ European Commission (23 January) and on the European Economic Governance at the Finnish Parliament (29 January). In January, Lorenzo also appeared in interviews for CNBC (on the UK and Eurozone economiesglobal economic outlookand Italy's banking and fiscal situation) and BBC World Service Radio (on Italian banks and potential for recession).

December 2018


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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

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Dr Gerba's Paper

Dr Eddie Gerba's policy paper on secular stagnation and monetary policy implications was published by the European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs committee on 19 November and will be used for Monetary Dialogue on 26 November. 

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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 

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Julian Göpffarth wrote a blog article entitled The Far Right Imagines a Totalitarian Other for the Fair Observer in November 2018.


November 2018

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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.

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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.'

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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.

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Sarah Ciaglia's Contribution

Sarah Ciaglia, PhD Candidate at the European Institute, has contributed to a piece entitled 'What a feeling?! How to promote ‘European Identity’', which was published on 10 October.

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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).

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Dr Sonja Avlijas' Best PhD Thesis Award

Dr Sonja Avlijas, EI Alumna and member of the editorial board of the EI's LEQS Paper Series, was nominated as the recipient of the EACES 2018 Best PhD Thesis Award. Following her lecture at the awards ceremony, she also got elected to the 2018-2020 Executive Board of EACES.

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Lorenzo Codogno's Contributions

Lorenzo Codogno wrote a Policy Brief for the LUISS School of Economic Policy titled “A stylised narrative of Italian banking problems” 

Lorenzo, also wrote an article for Financial Times, Opinion Market Insight titled “A maverick Italy risks destabilising the whole EU”

Media Interviews

BBC Radio World Service interview on the Italian Budget and the difficulties of the Italian government, 22 October 2018.

BBC World Service Radio interview on the Italian Budget, 9 October 2018.

Radio 24 Focus Economia, interview (in Italian) on Italy’s fiscal targets and market developments, 2 October 2018.

Class CNBC interview (Italian) on Italy’s Budget, 1 October 2018.


October 2018

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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.

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Social Media Conference, Dr Joseph Downing

Dr Joseph Downing is organizing a two-day conference on methodological scholarly approaches to social media as a base for social science research, titled 'Social Media and the Social Sciences: Perspectives, Methods and Approaches'.

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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.

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Philippe Legrain's Contributions

Philippe Legrain spoke at The Economist's Open Future Festival in London on 15 September in a debate on 'Has migration gone too far?'. He also wrote an article for Brussels Times on the need for greater European defence cooperation and strategic autonomy;  and contributed to a symposium on Brexit by The National Interest.

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Richard Bronk on LSE IQ Podcast

Richard Bronk, Visiting Fellow, contributed to the latest 'LSE IQ Podcast: Episode 18 | How do stories help us understand the world?'.

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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.

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Lorenzo Codogno's Contributions

Lorenzo Codogno has written a blogpost 'Italy under the spotlight of another financial crisis', with Mara Monti, also a Policy Brief for LUISS School of Economic Policy. He has written two articles for Il Sole 24 Ore with Giampaolo Galli, 'Una manovra per la sostenibilità del debito' (A Budget for debt sustainability) and 'I pericoli di uno scontro con i mercati' (The dangers of a fight with financial markets). He also gave interviews to the BBC and Class CNBC, among others.

September 2018

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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'.  


Marta Lorimer Contributions 

Marta Lorimer has recently published a chapter titled ‘"Ni droite, Ni gauche, Français!" Far right populism and the future of Left/Right politics’. The chapter is featured in Lise Herman and James Muldoon’s volume ‘Trumping the Mainstream: The Conquest of Democratic Politics by the Populist Radical Right

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Lorenzo Codogno Publications

Lorenzo has written a chapter “Cosa succede se usciamo dall’Euro?” (What would happen if we exit the euro?) edited by Carlo Stagnaro, with Giampaolo Galli, IBL Libri. He has also contributed his article “Cosa insegna all’Italia la crisi della Turchia” (What the crisis in Turkey teaches to Italy),  “La quadratura dei conti e lo spread in agguato” (Squaring the circle of the Budget and the yield spread) and has also given interviews for  Class CNBC on Italian political and budgetary developments and the global scenario, Radio 24 Focus Economia on the next Italian budget and CNBC Asia interview on “Close to 'crunch time' for Brexit negotiations”. 

August 2018

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New Book by Richard Bronk

Richard Bronk is co-editor along with Jens Beckert of a new book "Uncertain Futures: Imaginaries, Narratives, Calculation in the Economy"  published by Oxford University Press. An LSE discussion panel event marking the launch of the book will follow, more details to be annnounced soon. 

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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.

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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.

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Professor Nicholas Barr on Superannuation 

Professor Nicholas Barr provided evidence (joint with Peter Diamond) to an Australian inquiry into the design of a default pension, Response to Superannuation: Assessing Efficiency and Competitiveness: Productivity Commission Draft Report, has been published by the Australia Productivity Commission, July 2018. 

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Forthcoming publication by Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis

Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis has had a forthcoming paper accepted for publication Regional Studies (currently in press), titled 'Regional needs, regional targeting, and regional growth: an assessment of EU Cohesion Policy in the UK regions' (co-authored with Marco Di Cataldo). Further information on the publication to follow.

July 2018

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New paper presented at the German Economic Association 

Dr Orkun Saka presented a paper, "Political Lending Cycles and Real Outcomes: Evidence from Turkey", in the Development Economics Conference for the German Economic Association at the University of Zurich, 28 June. 


Professor Iain Begg Contributions 

Professor Iain Begg contributed to a panel on the Future of Cohesion Policy at the Prague European Summit, 20th June. He has also organised a workshop on the next EU multi-annual financial Framework, Hertie School, Berlin, 14th June and was a speaker at a plenary panel on Cohesion Policy at the annual conference of the Regional Studies Association, Lugano, 5th June. Iain has also written a short paper along with Lisa ten Brinke on 'Economic policy challenges of an ageing Europe' which has been published in Vanguardia Dossier. Alongside this, Iain's policy brief 'Plus can change...the Commission's budget proposals for 2021-27' has been published by the European Trade Union Institute.

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Philippe Legrain in Project Syndicate 

Philippe wrote a column for Project Syndicate on "Overcoming the Politics of Pessimism". He also wrote a three part essay for The Economist on "How to convince sceptics of the value of immigration?"

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Dr Esra Özyürek German Focus 

Dr Esra Özyürek participated in a Koerber Foundation event on "Flight and Integration as Challenges to Europe in Berlin". She has also been interviewed by the Gerda Henkel Foundation on why "Converts often play the role of the mediator". Alongisde this, Frankfurt Allgemeine Zeitung published the German translation of Esra's book 'Being German, becoming Muslim'.

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Professor Kevin Featherstone speaks about the implications of Brexit 

Professor Kevin Featherstone, Head of the European Institute, spoke about the Implications of 'BREXIT' at a seminar jointly organised by LSE and Business Europe, 25th June, Brussels.