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Social Europe and European Economic and Monetary Union

Contradiction in terms or missed opportunities? 1957-1992

Add to calendar 2023-05-25 14:00 2023-05-26 12:30 Europe/Rome Social Europe and European Economic and Monetary Union Sala del Torrino Villa Salviati - Castle YYYY-MM-DD


Thu 25 May 2023 14.00 - 18.00

Fri 26 May 2023 09.00 - 12.30


Sala del Torrino

Villa Salviati - Castle

A conference organised in the framework of the EURECON project, which has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 716849).

The interrelation between 'Social Europe' and Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) is a longstanding issue of debate. The impact of austerity policies adopted in response to the crisis of the Eurozone in the 2010s on welfare systems, wages, employment levels and public services indicate that monetary union and social policies may be antithetical. Conversely, trade unions in the run-up to the Maastricht Treaty perceived the making of EMU as an opportunity. Whether contradictory or complementary, an imbalance exists in the making of 'Social Europe' and monetary union prior to Maastricht, with the latter being more advanced than the former.  The aim of this conference is to explore the interrelation between Social Europe and monetary union, and to open up a conversation between different historiographical traditions, including the history of ideas, social history and economic history.

Photo credits: EC - Audiovisual Service



Miriam Felicia Curci

Scientific Organiser(s):

Mechthild Roos (University of Augsburg)

Emmanuel Mourlon-Druol (EUI)

Sigfrido Ramírez Pérez (Max Planck Frankfurt-am-Main)

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