Can the Eurozone Be Saved?

European Political Leaders and Policy Experts to Meet for Two Days in Austin to Discuss

The LBJ School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin will host a two-day conference on the fate of the Eurozone on Nov. 4 and 5. “Can the Eurozone Be Saved?” will convene European political leaders and policy experts to examine alternative policies to keep the Eurozone intact.

The meeting will feature:

  • Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD,
  • Monica Frassoni, co-President of the European Green Party,
  • and Alexis Tsipras, Leader of the Official Opposition, Greece.

The conference will also bring together experts on labour, finance and European policy, including:

  • Stuart Holland, an architect of the European Union
  • Heiner Flassbeck, former senior adviser to German Finance Minister Oskar Lafontaine
  • and Jorge Braga De Macedo, former Finance Minister of Portugal.

American participants will include:

  • Robert Kuttner of The American Prospect,
  • Landon Thomas of The New York Times,
  • Richard Parker of Harvard,
  • Michael Lind of the New America Foundation,
  • and Damon Silvers, Policy Director of the AFL-CIO.

For the complete conferece program click here.

The conference is organized by Professors James Galbraith and Yanis Varoufakis of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

The conference is sponsored by the following: the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations: the European Union and the EU Center for Excellence in European Studies at The University of Texas at Austin; the Institute for New Economic Thinking; the Institut Veblen of Paris and the Hans Böckler Foundation of Düsseldorf.

A live webcast of the event will be available at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/utaustin

This conference will provide an opportunity to assess the performance of Europe’s architecture since the meeting on “The Crisis in the Eurozone” which was held at the LBJ School in 2011. It will work to forge an alternative policy to the unremitting austerity, the attacks on social solidarity, and to the economic breakdown being seen in some countries of the Eurozone today.

This event is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register visit: https://www.utexas.edu/lbj/profdev/candt/eurozone2013registration. This event will take place at the LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Bass Lecture Hall located on The University of Texas at Austin campus.