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Call for Papers on Rethinking Europe

The Research Network Macroeconomics and Macroeconomic Policies (FMM) celebrates their 20th Anniversary Conference this year, and this year’s conference is from Oct 20-22 in Berlin. The title is: "Towards Pluralism in Macroeconomics?"  Arbeitskreis Politische Ökonomie, in cooperation with the German chapter of the World Economics Association, want to celebrate this  by proposing a panel about "Rethinking Europe", concentrating on the dimension of macroeconomic policies and interdisciplinary approaches.


Why this topic?

 Although it is often said that the European Union only deepens with a crises, the year 2016 seems to be decisively different, both by the amount of problems, and their depth, e.g.:

- For the first time ever the formal exit of a member state (UK) is a real possibility

 - The deep recession in Europe is far from over, poverty, unemployment, and deprivation are very high in many regions

 - The problem of over-indebtedness of some Eurozone member states (esp. Greece) is not solved

 - Anti-democratic and nationalistic tendencies, especially in the Eastern countries (Hungary, Poland), are gaining momentum

-  The EU position, on how to deal with refugees/migrants, is extremely unsatisfactory

 - Central questions of legitimacy for far-reaching economic policies, e.g. how to proceed with CETA/TTIP, are not solved.

We want to discuss such challenges from a structural perspective. We especially welcome contributions about the institutional shaping of a better future for the EU. We need fresh answers for questions such as:

-  Is the institutional setting of the EU (Councils, Commission, Parliament) still appropriate?

-  Tax competition is a serious problem, but where are the viable solutions?

- The incomplete Eurozone: dissolve it or deepen it – and in both cases how?

- Do we need autonomous EU taxes, and debt?

- How much financial solidarity is appropriate between richer and poorer member states?

- Is there ground for common social standards?

- The refugees/migration crisis won’t be over. Any solutions?

Please send an abstract (maximum 400 words) to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 31st. We will then plan sessions, however, the process of selecting sessions, remains in the hands of the FMM.