A Dynamic Economic and Monetary Union (ADEMU)


The EUI signs its first Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action (RIA) project, with Ramon Marimon (ECO Department) as the scientific coordinator. Recent events have made this project very timely: in response to the European debt crisis and associated deep recession, a number of important steps have recently been taken towards redesigning the institutional architecture of EMU, based on the roadmap outlined in the Van Rompuy Report (2012). But these innovations have relatively weak theoretical foundations. The project is going to explore the gap between policy-oriented analyses of the precise EU challenges, and the major developments in dynamic macroeconomic theory of the past three decades. ADEMU will start on 1 June 1 2015.

"Return to your Alma Mater": Is the EU Undemocratic? – Simon Hix in conversation with Hanspeter Kriesi


Much has been made, since the parliamentary election last year, which supposedly decided the president of the European Commission, of a “democratic deficit” in the EU. Listen to the discussion between Simon Hix, London School of Economics and EUI alumnus, and Hanspeter Kriesi, the Stein Rokkan Chair of Comparative Politics.

Graduate Network Conference 2015


The European Graduate Network (EGN) brings together graduate students of social sciences from 8 leading European universities. By organizing annual graduate conferences, the network aims to provide opportunities for PhD students to improve their research projects, to discuss advanced methodological tools, and to practice presenting and discussing academic work, as well as establishing academic linkages and cooperation. Florence, 4-6 March 2015

Splendid Encounters III: Diplomats and Diplomacy in the Early Modern World


In recent years, scholars have answered recent calls for a new approach to diplomatic history. Various routes of historical enquiry are now being explored. Apart from understanding political, social, economic, commercial and cultural aspects of early modern diplomacy, historians are now adopting new methods and ideas to their scholarship, broadening their field of inquiry by amalgamating cultural, semiotic, and anthropological approaches. 5-6 March 2015



Culture and international economic law

Edited by Valentina Vadi and Bruno De Witte

Globalization and international economic governance offer unprecedented opportunities for cultural exchange. Foreign direct investments can promote cultural diversity and provide the funds needed to locate, recover and preserve cultural heritage. Nonetheless, globalization and international economic governance can also jeopardize cultural diversity and determine the erosion of the cultural wealth of nations. Has an international economic culture emerged that emphasizes productivity and economic development at the expense of the common wealth? This book explores the ‘clash of cultures’ between international law and international cultural law, and asks whether States can promote economic development without infringing their cultural wealth.

Political Legitimacy and European Monetary Union : contracts, constitutionalism and the normative logic of two-level games

By Richard Bellamy and Albert Weale

The crisis of the euro area has severely tested the political authority of the European Union (EU) and it raises questions of normative legitimacy. We think that any reconstruction of the EU's economic constitution has to pay attention to reconciling a European monetary order with the legitimacy of member state governance. The EU requires a two-level contract to meet this standard. Member states must treat each other as equals and be representative of and accountable to their citizens on an equitable basis. These criteria entail that the EU's political legitimacy requires a form of democracy that we call ‘republican intergovernmentalism’.

Experiencing European integration : transnational lives and European identity

By Theresa Kuhn

European integration has generated a wide array of economic, political, and social opportunities beyond the nation state. European citizens are free to obtain their academic degree in Germany, earn their money in London, invest it in Luxembourg, and retire to Spain. An early theorist of European integration, Karl Deutsch expected this development to promote a collective identity and public support for European integration: by interacting across borders, Europeans would become aware of their shared values and beliefs, and eventually acquire a common 'we feeling'. Experiencing European Integration puts these expectations under scrutiny.