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Panel Discussion

"Growth and Social Cohesion: Challenges for Greece and Beyond"

Event details


Thursday, 15 May 2014


18:30 - 20:00


The Old Theatre,  Old Building, LSE 













Welcome Address

Horst Reichenbach, Head of the Task Force for Greece in the European Commission

Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser, CEBR ; Economist

Wolfgang Munchau, Associate Editor Financial Times ; Co-founder & President of Eurointelligence ASBL

Philippe Costeletos, Managing Partner and co-Founder DMC Partners

Professor Kevin Featherstone, Director, Hellenic Observatory; Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies & Professor of European Politics, LSE

Stratos Chatzigiannis, Chairman, Hellenic Bankers Association-UK

After the emergency actions taken at the height of the euro-crisis, serious attention has focussed on how the ‘bail-out’ states can return to growth on a sustainable and socially-inclusive basis. In part, this will depend on whether Europe has the right policies in place. A crucial dimension is also that of how Europe can best support reform in the bail-out states: are they receiving the right mix of support? How should external leverage be applied? And what is the best domestic strategy for the bail-out states themselves? Are they doing enough? The panel addressed both the European and national agendas, focussing on the Greek case in particular.

The event was organised by the Hellenic Observatory, LSE and the Hellenic Bankers Association, UK in the framework of the Hellenic Presidency of the EU Council.



The panellists from left to right - Mr Wolfgang Munchau, Ms Vicky Pryce, Professor Kevin Featherstone (Moderator), Mr Horst Reichenbach and Mr Philippe Costeletos

Mr Wolfgang Munchau delivers the first address 

Ms Vicky Pryce, Chief Economic Adviser, CEBR and economist

Mr Horst Reichenbach, Head of the Task Force for Greece in the European Commission

Mr Philippe Costeletos, Managing Partner and co-Founder DMC Partners


The panellists answer questions from the audience

The audience at The Old Theatre

Deep in thought after an illuminating discussion

Mr Costeletos and Mr Munchau

Ms Vicky Pryce

Discussions after the event, Mr Horst Reichenbach

Professor Kevin Featherstone

Group photo






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