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Conference: Is the euro sustainable - and what if not?

Leading German and international economist discussed the resilience of the euro and the management of consequences and expenses of a potential collapse of the euro at the invitation of the international business school ESMT Berlin and Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in Berlin on 14 March 2018.


Photos: Nikolaus Brade

Considerable actions at the EU level and by the ECB have been taken to make the Eurozone economically resilient. While the economic risks might have been banned, electoral events in recent years, including the Brexit vote, make clear that the euro system might become under attack from other directions, however. The probability for such political shocks may also have become smaller in recent years. But the possibility of such a shock that threatens the system can never be completely excluded. It is therefore important to understand the adverse impact of such an event. The high-level international conference addressed the question of political resilience, the devastating economic experience of comparable events in past centuries, and actions and remedies that should be taken in case of such an event.
For the conference program

Speakers and participants of the panel discussion were:

Luca Einaudi, Centre for History and Economics, University of Cambridge
Clemens Fuest, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the LMU Munich
Kai A. Konrad, MPI for Tax Law and Public Finance
Costas Lapavitsas, SOAS University of London
Philip Plickert, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Xavier Ragot, OFCE – French Economic Observatory
Albrecht Ritschl, London School of Economics
Jörg Rocholl, European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) Berlin
Christoph M. Schmidt, RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
Hans-Werner Sinn, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the LMU Munich
Bruce Stokes, Pew Research Center
Ursula Weidenfeld, Economic Journalist
Jeromin Zettelmeyer, Peterson Institute for International Economics