Philippe Legrain is a senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics’ European Institute and author of “European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right” (2014). From 2011 to 2014, he was economic adviser to the President of the European Commission and head of the team that provided President Barroso with strategic policy advice. His previous books include “Immigrants: Your Country Needs Them”, which was shortlisted for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year award, and “Aftershock: Reshaping the World Economy after the Crisis”
Edoardo Campanella is an economic adviser to the Italian Senate and a former economist of the World Trade Organization.
Jon Wiltshire is a freelance journalist, living and working in Athens, Greece. He recently graduated from the London School of Economics. He blogs and tweets about the effects of the Eurozone crisis on Greece.
Michalis Spourdalakis is professor of political science at Athens University.
From 2005 to 2013 Juncker was the first president of the Eurogroup. Between 1995 and 2013 he was Prime Minister of Luxembourg. For his commitment and dedication for the European project, he has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Charlemagne Prize. Since November 2014, Juncker serves as president of the European Commission.
The euro cannot be allowed to fail. Even pedantic German courts start to realize that now – thank goodness.
The Italian case shows that the Eurozone is still a long way from pre-crisis prosperity and that the horsemen of the austerity apocalypse are within reach.
The Troika is destroying Europe country by country. Our silent acceptance shows that we’ve given up on national democracies and no longer understand democracy’s fundamental principles.
Jean-Claude Juncker will be a compromise president but no strong leader. What Europe really needs is an anti-Juncker willing to introduce new policies and to be held accountable for them.