Watch live and on demand the lecture "A social or a neoliberal Europe? The Greek experience"
Speaker: George Katrougalos, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Greece and Professor of Public Law
Chair: Professor Kevin Featherstone, Eleftherios Venizelos Professor of Contemporary Greek Studies and Professor of European Politics
Discussant: Sarah Paterson, Assistant Professor of Law
Date: Monday 14 November 2016, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.
Venue: Room OLD 3.21, Old Building LSE
Houghton Street LONDON WC2A 2AE
The SYRIZA government continues to put into question the prevailing neoliberal policies of the EU, despite the painful compromise of last July in the aftermath of the “coup” brought on by the closure of the banks. However, the Greek crisis should be seen more widely as part of a general crisis of European integration, which has surfaced with different facets in various countries, reflecting specific national structural weaknesses: banking overexposure in Ireland, the real estate bubble in Spain, excessive public debt in Greece. More than all else, this is a crisis of the imbalance between economic integration and monetary union in the European Union and a symptom of the eclipse of the social dimension of the latter.
In this framework, the Greek Memoranda can be seen as just one more episode of the prevailing “Sado-Monetarism” of the EU economic orthodoxy, or as a part of the more general neoliberal Washington Consensus, and Greece is not an exceptional case. The Greek drama reflects the confrontation of two different visions for Europe.
About the speaker:
George Katrougalos is Minister of Labour, Social Security and Social Solidarity, Greece. He is a constitutionalist, a Professor of Public Law at Democritus University of Thrace, and a lawyer. He was a member of the European Parliament (2014-2015) and alternate Minister of Interior and Administrative Reconstruction (January 2015-July 2015). He studied law at Athens Law School and at Panthéon Sorbonne University in Paris. He has been visiting scholar at the Law School of New York University (2007 and 2012) and at Roskilde University in Denmark (1994-1995). He has been legal advisor to the Minister of Education (1994, 1997-2002), advisor to the Greek Permanent Mission to the United Nations (2000-2003) and member of the committee of experts advising the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the drafting of the European Constitution.
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