Inventing and Managing Difference in the Middle East from the Ottomans to the Islamic State


What makes a group a minority? EUI Professor Anna Triandafyllidou and Dr. Nida Alahmad posit that minorities were first invented or challenged as categories of cultural, legal, economic, political, and military significance in the Middle East, beginning during the Ottoman Empire. This conference will trace how institutions, politics, and governments have been shaped in the Middle East as a result of morphing minority groups. 4 June 2015

Financial product governance in post-financial crisis Europe


This workshop brings together academics and practitioners to discuss the changing forms of financial product governance in the European Union. In response to the financial crisis 2007-2008, the EU and Member State regulators are striving for more comprehensive and active regulatory governance of financial affairs. The workshop aims to discuss the risks and benefits of the new approach. Are the reforms over-reaching or do they lack ambition? How should we regulate financial products? Invited speakers will discuss these questions and more. 4-5 June 2015

"Return to your Alma Mater" – Europe: Ever Further Union? – Marcel Fratzscher in conversation with Evi Pappa


Can a currency control a continent? EUI alumnus, Professor Marcel Fratzscher (DIW Berlin) and EUI Professor of Macroeconomics Evi Pappa, begin their conversation by inquiring if the euro has strayed from its original path towards a unified Europe. From here, the two explore further related topics. Listen to this newest podcast in the "Return to your Alma Mater" series.

Postgraduate Research Grants on European Public Finances - 2015 Edition


The European Court of Auditors and the Historical Archives of the European Union have set up a grant for postgraduate and postdoctoral students, as well as university teachers  who have completed their master's degree or doctorate within the past five years and who currently hold an academic post. The aim of these grants is to promote original research into the EU's public finances and the impact thereof, as well as into the development of the "external control" function of the EU. Deadline for applications: 15 June 2015



Global economy report : May-June 2015

Edited by Daniele Limonta, Massimiliano Marcellino, Alessandro Stanzini, Maria Eleonora Traverso, Alberta Martino

The objective of the report is to provide an analysis of the current and expected macroeconomic and financial conditions at the global level, with also a focus on key economic areas such as Europe, the USA and ASIA

MPC Policy Briefs on the European Agenda on Migration:

In view of the discussion on the European Agenda on Migration on 13 May 2015, researchers of the Migration Policy Centre put forward concrete ideas for action in a series of policy briefs on the main priorities of the Agenda. The briefs aimed to serve as a benchmarking framework for four of the major issues addressed: 1) A Common European Asylum System; 2) A new European Policy on Legal Migration, 3) the reform of the EU Blue Card; and 4) Fighting irregular migration and human trafficking more robustly. 

Strengthening the efficiency of public procurement

By Stéphane Saussier and Jean Tirole

By means of a thorough economic analysis, FSR Water Director Stéphane Saussier and Nobel Laureate Jean Tirole identify ways aimed at enhancing the efficiency of public procurement in France. An opportunity which must be seized in order to comply with the current regulatory changes at the European level. Considering that the aim of public procurement is above all to meet the need of best performance in terms of costs and services, the authors make recommendations around three main axes: transparency, competition and competences.