Apr 08, 2013

The European Union's Eurozone Crisis: A Failure of Economics or Politics?

(Newport News, Va.) - Dr. Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Boston University, will present a lecture titled "The European Union's Eurozone Crisis: A Failure of Economics or Politics?" on Wednesday, April 17, at 2 p.m., in the David Student Union Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public. No reservation is required.

The Eurozone crisis is not just economic; it is also political. In addition to the economic problems related to the structure of the European Monetary Union, the fragility of the banks, member-states’ losses in competitiveness, the current account imbalances and the volatility of the markets, are the political issues. Eurozone policies and processes of crisis management have exacerbated rather than solved the economic problems at the same time that they have intensified long-standing problems related to the EU’s democratic legitimacy. Schmidt will discuss whether the economic problems can be fixed without also repairing the political problems, and the way forward for democracy in Europe.

Schmidt's areas of interest include the European political economy, institutions and democracy, as well as political and institutional theory. She is the founding director of Boston University’s Center for the Study of Europe, and has published widely.

A four-year public university in Newport News, Virginia, Christopher Newport University enrolls 5,000 students in rigorous academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences through the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences, including the Luter School of Business. CNU offers great teaching and small class sizes with an emphasis on leadership, civic engagement and honor.

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