Featured Event: Europe at the Time of COVID-19: A View from the European Central Bank

On Saturday, May 9 (Europe’s Day) the Center for the Study of Europe hosted a lecture by Prof. Dr. Chiara Zilioli, ECB General Counsel, on the theme Europe at the Time of COVID-19: A View from the European Central Bank.

Daniela Caruso, Director of the Center for the Study of Europe, served as discussant, along with BU colleagues Prof. Vivien Schmidt, Professor of International Relations and Political Science, and Dr. Steffen Murau, Visiting Researcher at the Global Development Policy Center of the Pardee School of Global Studies.

Among other topics, Prof. Dr. Zilioli talked about the establishment of the ECB, its mandate and limits, and what it can and cannot do in response to challenges facing the European Union today, most notably, the coronavirus pandemic. On the basis of this analysis, she then proceeded to examine the decision issued by the German Federal Constitutional Court on May 5, 2020, highlighting certain problematic aspects of this recent judgment.

A video of her lecture, which took place via Webex, can be found below as well as on our YouTube channel. Please note that the video begins promptly after a brief introduction at min. 3:05.


Featured Series: Solidarity at the Time of COVID-19

The Center for the Study of Europe announces A Series of Conversations with Several European Consuls General in Boston: Solidarity at the Time of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 epidemic has had a devastating impact in Europe. All the levels of government – local, regional, national, or supranational – have been involved in the task of fighting the invisible enemy that has destroyed many lives and upended entire economic sectors. Some countries have been hit with particular vehemence, and their plight for solidarity has stirred intense moral and political debates within each European nation and across state borders. In this series of interviews, the Center for the Study of Europe of Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies explores the response to the corona virus emergency in various European countries through the lens of privileged observers: the Consuls General assigned to represent their home countries in the City of Boston. The various interviews range in scope and length depending on the features of each country, on the personality of each Consul, on the extent to which local consulates are allowed to participate in political discussions online, and on the preference of the interviewers (all faculty members at Boston University). The result is, we believe, an important contribution to the understanding of Europe’s current predicaments and its various approaches to material solidarity in times of emergency. It’s been an honor and a privilege to run this series.

Kicking off the series on Monday, April 13, Vesko Garcivic, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at BU’s Pardee School of Global Studies, interviewed Stratos Efthymiou, Consul General of Greece in Boston. Since then, we have spoken with the Consuls General of Italy, Great Britain, France, Ireland, Germany, and Portugal, as well as with the Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic. All of the interviews may be found on our YouTube channel.


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