London, 28 September 2012 – European Perspectives on Living in an Age of Austerity: Implications for Transatlantic Relations
09h00 Welcome and Introduction
09h15 Session 1 The Changing
Political Economy of Europe
European views about austerity and growth
– Attitudes to the idea of deeper economic and fiscal integration
structural are the economic divergences between the more and less competitive
economies of Europe?
11h00 Session 2 Politics in
austerity: The economic crisis and nationalist, populist and extremist parties
are extremist and populist parties transitioning from an anti-immigrant to an
anti-EU focus and how successful is this proving?
there commonalities among populist and extremist movements across Europe?
serious are the risks that extremism might move into forms of violence against
state actors and institutions or to terrorism, as in the 1970s?
are ‘mainstream’ parties reacting?
Session 3 – The Effects of the crisis on European foreign policy
of the austerity drive on European defence spending, prospects for EU defence
and security coordination, and impacts on the NATO alliance;
there signs that the crisis is affecting European foreign and security
there risks to the transatlantic alliance of growing European insularity?
well placed is Europe to cope with rising powers, such as China, or complicated neighbours, such as Russia and Turkey? Are there risks of
divergence from US approaches?