I was interviewed for the Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung by Teresa Reiter about European Spring and my speech at the Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna
I was interviewed by Pierre-Henri Thomas for the Belgian publication Trends Tendances on the crisis in Europe and why Germany is not an economic model
In the Financial Times‘ Summer Reading list of best books of 2014 so far, Martin Wolf calls European Spring:
A splendid book on the European malaise. Legrain argues compellingly that policy makers’ response to that crisis was and remains a disaster. He warns that the eurozone is still far from healthy and that the German example, which members are supposed to follow, is a delusion. He notes, too, that the UK’s recovery is built on sand. He goes well beyond this to show that radical reforms are needed to produce an “adaptable, dynamic and decent” Europe.
I was interviewed by Sophie Roell of fivebooks.com about Europe and in particular five excellent books on Europe
The euro was supposed to facilitate economic convergence between the countries using it and foster the development of a stronger ‘European’ identity. Philippe Legrain argues that the reverse is now happening. European policy-makers are mostly to blame, because of their attempt to create a Germanic and technocratic eurozone. They have damaged the currency union by failing to address the root causes of the crisis. And by further constraining governments’ scope to respond to democratic pressures, they have eroded the legitimacy of both national and EU institutions. The eurozone needs to change direction. So long as a fiscally federal eurozone remains out of reach, governments should work towards a flexible one comprising a genuine banking union, a reformed ECB and greater fiscal flexibility for governments.
“Se suponía que el euro serviría para facilitar la convergencia entre países; durante años eso fue, a grandes rasgos, lo que sucedió. Hasta que llegó la crisis y Bruselas, de la mano de algunas capitales, impuso una serie de políticas que han acelerado el proceso contrario”, indica Philippe Legrain, exasesor del presidente de la Comisión Europea, José Manuel Barroso.
“Los políticos europeos llevan meses declarando victoria porque asoma algo de crecimiento después de que con sus recetas causaran innecesariamente una profunda recesión. Pero los españoles son comparativamente más pobres debido a una respuesta a la crisis errónea e injusta”, dice el autor del sugerente Primavera Europea.
Read my article on the wider context of the EU elections for Quartz on 26 May 2014