(Re)designing Europe led by George Papandreou
The Eurozone Experiment
Europe is an historical experiment designed to ensure peace and prevent the continued conflicts on this continent, which led to two World Wars and the Holocaust during the last century. The boundaries of this experiment have been tested as the financial crisis morphed into a sovereign debt crisis. Greece took center stage in these developments.
But was this a Greek crisis, or are there flaws in the design of Europe, or is this a much wider crisis of the industrialized economies?
Bringing you my personal experience around the Greek debt crisis and the decisions we made in the European Union, we will explore what this crisis is all about.
I hope to link what is happening in Europe to wider issues that also pertain to the ongoing debate in the US.
Possible questions to explore:
Europe – A Solution to Global Challenges
Europe began as a peace project, linking different cultures, languages and sovereign states to a common future. Yet today this experiment of cooperation and interdependency is challenged to show whether or not it can become a model for dealing with global problems at the regional level.
Possible questions to explore:
WEEK THREE: Date, Oct. __, 2012
How has Europe faired as a peace project?
Europe continues to play an important role as a peace project today.
It seems to have been effective in integrating disparate nations and cultures into a common union. Today the EU is 28 countries after Croatia’s accession. I like to label it a family of common values.
At the same time the recent crisis in Europe has questioned both these values of understanding -beyond borders- and Europe’s capability to further enlarge in membership or to positively influence events in its neighborhood.
From my experience in working in the Balkans, on Greek and EU/Turkey relations, the Arab neighborhood, we will try to explore the following questions:
WEEK FOUR: Date, Oct. __, 2012
Europe as a social project – how relevant?
Recent statements by officials have proclaimed that the European social model is dead!
The financial and the sovereign debt crisis have exacerbated this debate.
In Greece, Spain and other EU countries we are witnessing unprecedented unemployment. Youth unemployment has reached 50%.
We will therefore explore some of the following questions:
WEEK FIVE: Date, Nov.__, 2012
And what about Democracy?
As we face global challenges we also face a politics beyond our borders. We face a globalized economy of many opportunities but few rules and regulations. Certainly little democratic accountability. Whether it is tax havens or labor laws, environmental issues or poverty, wealth production but also concentration of wealth, our human race seems to have the capacity today to solve these issues. Yet our democracies have been based on national institutions. And this seems to have disempowered us creating deep inequalities.
From personal experience in dealing with the financial crisis I believe that the European experiment begs the questions of how we can have democracy beyond national borders.
We will explore some of the following questions:
WEEK SIX: Date to be determined
Let’s Redesign Europe – An exercise (radio/podcast program at IOC)
Is politics creative? Innovative? If so I ask you to come forth to (re)design a Europe worthy of its citizen’s expectations and effective in dealing with global issues. In doing so we may want to open up this discussion for innovative ideas through a study group’s podcast (if students are interested)
We would therefore explore:
Study Group Type:
Current Study Group