Managing Heterogeneity in Europe: does one size fit all?

Hosted by The Institute of Global Affairs and European Institute

Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House


Thomas Wieser

Thomas Wieser

Former head of the Eurogroup Working Group


Professor Erik Berglof

Professor Erik Berglof

Director, Institute of Global Affairs

Thomas Wieser will discuss the consequences of increased heterogeneity for European integration policies and present a reformed institutional structure for the EU that aims to overcome the present impasse of the direction of Europe.

The present model of European Union architecture does not seem fit for purpose any longer because the (for now) 28 Member States have few policy areas where interests clearly overlap. This is a consequence of size, but also of increasing populism and nationalism, among others. There are a few options: to accept this; to try to achieve progress by majority vote; or to accept that “one size does not fit all”. 

Thomas Wieser was the Brussels based President of the Euro Working Group and Chairman of the EU’s Economic and Financial Committee from 2012 to 2018. In this function he was responsible for the preparation of the negotiations and decisions of EU Finance Ministers. He was the G 7 Deputy for the Eurogroup and represented the Euro Working Group in a number of other international fora. Prior to that Thomas Wieser was Director General for Economic Policy and Financial Markets of the Austrian Ministry of Finance. He studied economics in Innsbruck. His post graduate education took him to Boulder, Colorado, on a Fulbright scholarship, and the Institute of Advanced Studies in Vienna. At present he is associated with Bruegel, the Brussels Think Tank, as Non-Resident Fellow. He has held a number of other international functions, such as that of Chair of the OECD Committee on Financial Markets and has published on a range of economic policy issues.

Professor Erik Berglof (@ErikBerglof )is the inaugural Director of the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining the LSE, Professor Berglof was the Chief Economist and Special Adviser to the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The Institute of Global Affairs (@LSEIGA) aims to maximise the impact of LSE's leading expertise across the social sciences by shaping inclusive and locally-rooted responses to the most important and pressing global challenges.

The LSE European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. In the most recent national Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the Institute was ranked first for research in its sector.

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