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.
Germany continues to push for austerity abroad – and has helped to spark a populist reaction in Italy. Maybe Europeans can learn a lesson from the US about failed interventionism.
In Greece, news of a return to economic growth is more or less meaningless to those thoroughly affected and thoroughly angered. Politicians should focus on repairing people’s lives, not on GDP growth.
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.