4.3.2014 Conference: Germany and the direction of Eurozone`s economic policy

Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 3pm-7pm
Venue: Porhania PIII, Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki

Germany`s Chancellor Angela Merkel is extremely popular in her native country, but for many southern Europeans she has become the symbol of misguided austerity policies that have led to mass unemployment and social disaster in crisis-hit Eurozone countries.

What explains Germany`s crisis policies, and success with exports and employment? Is there an alternative to current austerity and internal devaluation policies? Which policies should Finland pursue in Brussels and Berlin?

The conference was organized by the think tanks Kalevi Sorsa Foundation and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.


15.00  Opening
Dr Mikko Majander, Kalevi Sorsa Foundation

15.15  Errors in the direction of Eurozone economic policy
Professor Colin Crouch, Warwick University

16.00 The Euro Crisis from a German Perspective (ppt)
Professor Gustav Horn, Institut für Makroökonomie und Konjunkturforschung

16.45  Coffee break

17.15  Finland, Germany and the macroeconomic policy alternatives in the Eurozone.
Comments by Professor Sixten Korkman (Aalto University) and President Kaisa Penny (Young European Socialists). They will join professors Crouch and Horn in a panel discussion, which will be moderated by journalist Eila Nevalainen.

18.30 Closing
Dr Gero Maass, Friedrich Ebert Foundation

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Opening speech starting from 09:17 onwards (10 minutes)

Prof. Colin Crouch from 17:30 onwards (45 minutes)

Prof. Gustav Horn from 1:01:13 onwards (45 minutes)

Panel discussion from 2:11:20 onwards (1,5 hrs)

Closing speech from 3:39:14 onwards (10 minutes)

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