Schmidt Discusses EU Economic Crisis Management During Panel in Stockholm

Photo by: Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS)

On April 29, 2022, Vivien Schmidt, Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and Professor of International Relations and Political Science at the Pardee School, participated in a panel hosted by the Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies (SIEPS) analyzing how the European Union has handled the crises of the 21st century. The event also marked the publication of a new report titled EU Crisis Management.  

Schmidt’s co-panelists were Christian Kreuder-Sonnen, Junior Professor of Political Science and International Organizations at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena; Astrid Séville, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, currently visiting Professor at the University of Vienna’s Institute of Contemporary History; Jonathan White, Deputy Head of the European Institute and Professor of Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); and Thomas Persson, Associate Professor at the Department of Government, Uppsala University. Göran von Sydow, Director of SIEPS, chaired the panel.

Speakers provided perspectives on the strengths and weaknesses of EU crisis management and made assessments of how the EU’s capacity for crisis management can be improved. Schmidt’s presentation, as well as her chapter in the report, was entitled “Economic Crisis Management in the EU: From Past Eurozone Mistakes To Future Promise beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic.” In the presentation and the chapter, Schmidt argues that in order to meet its current challenges – the green transition, the digital transformation, addressing socio-economic inequalities and the Ukraine crisis – the EU should not go back to Eurozone crisis management rules. To ensure the greatest possible success in the future, Schmidt says the EU needs more instruments to promote EU-wide sustainable development in a context of more flexible and inclusive economic governance.

For more details and an event recording, visit SIEPS’s website.

Vivien Schmidt is a Professor of International Relations and Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and was the first Director of BU’s Center for the Study of Europe, housed at the Pardee School. Schmidt’s research focuses on European political economy, institutions, democracy, and political theory—in particular on the importance of ideas and discourse in political analysis. Read more about Professor Schmidt on her faculty profile