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Conference "Europe’s dilemma: austerity revisited or a new path for sustainable growth"

Friday, 20 March 2015
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The European Trade Union Institute, in collaboration with the European Trade Union Confederation and the European Trade Union Federations, is pleased to invite you to a high-level conference on alternatives to the current management of the Euro crisis.

Although the Juncker Commission has included in its programme some new accents, such as Europe’s strategic investment plan, the Eurogroup’s negotiations with the new Greek government have made it clear that EU leaders remain reluctant to let go of their failing austerity narrative. Contrary to their claims that there is no alternative, several of the world’s top economists have developed alternative solutions to tackle Europe’s debt crisis.

Increasingly, European citizens have lost trust in their traditional political and economic elites and are turning to new and much more radical political parties (Syriza, Podemos) or nationalist and extreme-right alternatives (the Front national in France, AfD in Germany…). As a result of these developments, the European integration project is itself coming under pressure.



At this special conference, renowned economists Prof. James Galbraith, University of Texas at Austin, Raymond Torres, Director of Research at the ILO, Heiner Flassbeck, former German State Secretary and Director of Flassbeck-Economics, and Prof. Benjamin Coriat, Université Paris 13, will provide their analysis of Europe’s protracted crisis and introduce concrete alternatives on how to reshape Europe’s economy for sustainable growth, investment, jobs and equitable prosperity.

Bernadette Ségol, ETUC General secretary will give the closing remarks. The conference will be chaired by Philippe Pochet, ETUI General director.



The participation is free of charge, please click here to register. A drink will be offered after the conference.


Thon Hotel EU (room Belgium)
Rue de la Loi 75