How Fragile is the Euro? I’m glad you asked that question… by Joshua Cole

As we all look forward to Jim Adam’s talk today on the Euro Crisis at the Center for European Studies (“How Fragile is the Euro?” Jim Adams, 4 pm, 1636 SSWB, International Institute, U-M) I thought it might be useful to look back over the some of the commentaries on the crisis that have appeared in the press in recent months.

I’ve provided some links below to some of the pieces that I’ve found helpful over the last few months. The selection is not systematic—and I’m sure others could add to the list.

In fact, I’d like to encourage you all to post other links that you may have encountered in these long summer months of European distemper. You might also want to look at previous posts on this blog by Paolo Pasquariello, Natalie Bakopoulos, Scott Greer, and George Tsebelis.

In any case, we have a great line-up for the Conversations in Europe series this year, and we are very happy to welcome Jim Adams as our opening speaker. See you today at 4, I hope!

Joshua Cole
Director, Center for European Studies

Michael S. Barr and Daniel Halberstam, “Europe’s Last Chance to Get it Right,” CNBC Guest Blog, December 8, 2011.

Peter Baldwin, “Tracing Europe’s Long Road to Economic Catastrophe,” The New Republic, March 9, 2012.

Jean Pisani-Ferry, “Is the Euro Ending or Beginning?,” Project Syndicate, May 24, 2012.

Joschka Fischer, “Europe’s Winners and Losers,” Project Syndicate, July 4, 2012.

And for the Long View, you can’t beat the provocations of anthropologist, David Graeber, and his arguments in Debt: The First 5000 Years.


About Natasa Alajbegovic

Manager, Global Projects/International Institute, University of Michigan.
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