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
- Competing European views about ‘austerity’ and ‘growth’
- Attitudes to the idea of deeper economic and fiscal integration
- How 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
- How are extremist and populist parties transitioning from an anti-immigrant to an anti-EU focus and how successful is this proving?
- Are there commonalities among populist and extremist movements across Europe?
- How serious are the risks that extremism might move into forms of violence against state actors and institutions or to terrorism, as in the 1970s?
- How are 'mainstream' parties reacting?
14h00-16h00 Session 3 - The Effects of the crisis on European foreign policy
- Impacts of the austerity drive on European defence spending, prospects for EU defence and security coordination, and impacts on the NATO alliance;
- Are there signs that the crisis is affecting European foreign and security policy-making?
- Are there risks to the transatlantic alliance of growing European insularity?
- How 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?