Green economy  |  Events  |  19.10.2011

Is there a future for the Eurozone?

The Brussels office of Henrich Boel Foundation is organizing a lunch debate on the future for the Eurozone. Eight months after a first debate on the same topic, a new panel of experts will be asked the same questions. Will the Euro(zone) survive? What measures have to be taken to save it from collapse? What is at stake if the crisis cannot be solved?

EVENT: Debate

DATE: 19 October 2011, 12.30 – 14.30

PLACE: Brussels, Belgium

In February a panel of experts was asked whether there was a future for the Eurozone, and the tenor was one of moderate optimism. In the meantime the situation has gone from bad to worse. A default of Greece‚’orderly’ or not, and an exit of the country from the eurozone is no longer unthinkable. The consequences would be harsh  for Greece, the Eurozone, the European Union at large and contagion to the wider world economy is feared. A European Bank study warned that the entire Eurozone project was at risk. Fundamental decisions over the direction of the monetary union need to be taken rapidly and those taken at the meeting of the Eurozone finance ministers in Wroclaw on 16 September are widely regarded inadequate.  

Speakers:

  • Carsten Brzeski, Economist ING Bank
  • Sven Giegold, Member of European Parliament (Greens)
  • Dr. Sotiria Theodoropoulou, Senior Researcher European Trade Union Institute

Moderator: Claude Weinber, director Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung European Union