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Europe and the world: Economic Crisis and Institutional Choices

Speakers
Prof Dr Ben Knapen, Member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy, The Netherlands


 Date
14 Jan 2010

 Venue
CIT Auditorium, National University of Singapore, Level 2, Computer Centre, 2 Engineering Drive 4, Singapore 117584

 Time
4.30pm – 6.00pm

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The public talk on “Europe and the world: Economic Crisis and Institutional Choices” by Prof Dr Ben Knapen Prof Dr Ben Knapen, Member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy, The Netherlands, on 14 January 2010 was organised by EU Centre in Singapore at the NUS CIT Auditorium. The event was attended by 60 participants.

Deep economic crises are moments of truth and moments of change. Institutional transformations happened after the Great Depression in the 1930s of last century, and in the eighties and nineties after the oil shocks and the end of ‘post war growth’.

After decades of institutional transformations itself, today the European Union is again at crossroads. The world is still suffering from the aftershocks of the September 2008 financial crisis and facing uncertain consequences. The European Union’s institutions acted decisively amid the aftershocks and managed to save its own systems. Yet at the same time, after years of deeper and wider consolidation, Europeans are said to be in a general state of ‘integration-fatigue’ and reluctant to integrate further.

In his lecture, Prof Dr Ben Knapen will examine the push and pull forces at work to assess if European integration will be further strengthened. Specifically, he will also look at the impact of Lisbon Treaty, which recently came into force in December 2009, as well as the rise of fast growing BRIC economies (Brazil, Russia, India And China) on regional integration in Europe.

These and other topics are being discussed in “Aftershocks, Economic crisis and Institutional choice”, published by the Scientific Council, edited by Prof  Dr Knapen.