The Grassroots View

31. Economic governance: Europe at a crossroads

May 6, 2024

Welcome to this episode of The Grassroots View, where we explore the complexities of economic governance and the challenges facing the European economic landscape. With our guests, we delve into fundamental questions about Europe's economic strategy, and the necessity of consensus amid political divisions. First, we hear from Luca Jahier, former EESC president and current president of the European Semester Group, who sheds light on the urgent need for reform in response to the pandemic and geopolitical shifts. Next, Margarida Marques, MEP from the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, shares insights into the European Parliament's efforts to introduce flexibility into the current framework, emphasizing the importance of policies that prioritize citizens. Finally, Maria Demertzis, Senior Fellow at Bruegel, and Maria Tadeo, a Brussels-based correspondent, dissect the adequacy of recent reforms in addressing the critical needs of today's tumultuous era. How much consensus is there on economic governance among EU members? What hard choices need to be made? And what will the public make of it all in this crucial election year? Join us as we navigate the tough decisions Europe faces in adapting its economy to the demands of the 21st century.

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