Austerity or stimulus: which is right for Europe? (23 February 2012)

23 February 2012, 5 – 7 pm

Mary Sumner House. 24 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3RB

Throughout 2012, the Global Policy Institute will be organising a series of events, in collaboration with the Federal Trust and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, that will examine various aspects of the ongoing Eurocrisis.

The first of these conferences will address the escalating argument over the appropriate macro-economic policies for the Eurozone, and indeed the European Union in general. Some critics of the proposed Fiscal Pact have claimed that its focus is exclusively on the reduction of public debt at the cost of economic growth. The Pact’s supporters argue that sound public finances are a pre-condition for the economic confidence and stability necessary to generate long term growth based on economic reform.

Tensions have arisen under the spotlight of global media and market scrutiny, while the vastly different experiences between member-states has made consensus increasingly difficult to achieve.

Speakers presentations will be followed by questions from the floor and then a drinks reception.

Speakers:

Graham Bishop, founder of grahambishop.com, United Kingdom

Professor Clemens Fuest, Research Director of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and Professor of Business Taxation, member of the Academic Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry of Finance and member of the Academic Advisory Board of Ernst and Young AG, Germany

Professor Stephen Haseler, Director of the Global Policy Institute and Professor of Government, London Metropolitan University. Dr. Haseler has been a consistent critic of New Labour and Coalition government economic policies and his books (including ‘The Super-Rich’, ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Meltdown UK: There is Another Way’) have laid out an approach opposed to austerity policies.

Holger Wessling, General Manager, DZ Bank AG London Branch, Councillor of the German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce

16.30 – 17.00 : Registration

17.00 – 18.30 : Panel Discussion

18.30 – 19.00 : Questions and Answers

19.00 – 19.30 : Reception

We hope that you will be able to join us – if so, please reply to Alison Sutherland on alison.sutherland@fedtrust.co.uk or telephone 020 7320 3045.

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