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Discussion: Towards a 'European Spring'

Date: 05 May 2014
Location: Brussels, Belgium, 11:00 - 12:00
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5 May, 2014 - Résidence Palace, 155 rue de la Loi, 1040 Brussels, BELGIUM

While Europe seems to have left the worst of the economic crisis behind, the nascent recovery is still feeble and raises important questions about the way forward. Is the crisis really over? Will the proposed banking union do enough to clean up the financial sector? Are public finances sustainable? How can staggeringly high unemployment be brought down? What can be done to boost Europe's meagre productivity growth and weak investment rate?

Join three distinguished economists for a one-of-its kind discussion on Europe’s economic future. The session will be introduced by Philippe Legrain, author and former independent economic adviser to the President of the European Commission, who will use the occasion to introduce his new book European Spring: Why our Economies and Politics are in a Mess and How to Put Them Right.


  • Philippe Legrain, author; former independent economic adviser to the President of the European Commission

  • Alessandro Leipold, chief economist, the Lisbon Council; former acting director of the European department of the IMF

  • Shahin Vallée, economic adviser and member of the cabinet of Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council

Participants will receive copies of Mr Legrain’s new book, European Spring.

Only registered participants will have access to the venue. Please register by sending an e-mail with the subject heading "European Spring" to rsvp@lisboncouncil.net. Seats will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis.

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