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Europe's Tragic Political Economy


February 25, 2015

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

Jones argues that European leaders act like sleepwalkers, powerless to resist the fate of economic self-destruction. They must realize that inflexible principles are incompatible with the realities of interdependence. Available as free PDF download to nonsubscribers.


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60 anni Johns Hopkins Bologna con Padoan (in Italian)


February 21, 2015

Michael G. Plummer Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


SAIS Europe Director and ENI Professor of International Economics Michael G. Plummer welcomed Italian Minister of Economy and Finance Pier Carlo Padoan as the guest speaker during the Bologna Center's 60th anniversary celebrations. Padoan called the recent passage of the Italian Jobs Act a historic success and expressed satisfaction and optimism regarding the Eurogroup's decision to extend the Greek bailout by four months.


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Coercive Diplomacy, Sanctions and International Law


February 13, 2015

Marco Gestri Adjunct Professor of International Law

Professor Marco Gestri will present on Sanctions imposed by the European Union: legal and institutional aspects at this international conference organized by the Rome-based think tank, Istituto Affari Internazionali.


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Central Banking as Politics


February 10, 2015

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

Jones argues that Europe's central bankers have turned the logic of political independence on its head and now they are openly engaged in what looks to most observers like politics. Should this continue, the result will be a crisis of legitimacy for the central-banking community and an increase in volatility and uncertainty in the world economy writ large.


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BARACK OBAMA: bilancio e prospettive dello stato dell'Unione (in Italian)


January 26, 2015

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

Professor Erik Jones participated in a conference organized by the Centro Studi Americani in collaboration with the United States Embassy in Rome. The debate focused on the themes discussed by President Obama in his recent State of the Union address.


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Germania e Italia Partner nella Costruzione dell'Europa (in Italian)


January 22, 2015

Paolo Calzini Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

Professor Paolo Calzini spoke at a conference on the German-Italian partnership to build Europe, organized by l'Istituto Affari Internazionali and l'Institut für Europäische Politik. Calzini contributed to the panel discussion on Changes to the east and the Russian problem  what is the EU neighborhood policy?


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Partnership hat-trick (in Bulgarian)


January 16, 2015

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

Professor Erik Jones comments on the political meaning of the recent series of high-level visits by the trio of Euro-Atlantic politicians John Kerry, Jens Stoltenberg and Philip Hammond to Bulgaria. When asked if these visits demonstrate a renewed commitment to Eastern Europe, Jones responds that there is an active concern about the instability in Eastern Europe that is resulting from Russian policy toward Ukraine and the deterioration of relations between Russia and the West. The ongoing difficulties in the Middle East, with their concomitant impact on Turkey, is another cause for concern. The visit of the Secretary of State is indicative of the importance with which the Administration views the region, and Bulgaria in particular. But it is an even greater indication of the concern that the Administration to foster greater stability in and around the Black Sea.


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John Kerry: Bulgaria needs judicial reform and energy independence (in Bulgarian)


January 15, 2015

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

Professor Erik Jones responds to a question regarding how Russia's decision to suspend work on the South Stream Gas Pipeline may influence US policy towards Bulgaria. Jones comments that rather than an increased interest in Bulgaria per se, there is a deep concern with isolating Vladimir Putin in order to ensure that Western sanctions have their desired effect. The Obama Administration is well aware that the European sanctions are in many ways more important as a source of economic leverage than those imposed by the United States. Therefore, any sign that one or more European Union member states is expressing (or could express) sympathy for Putin is considered newsworthy.


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La yiyad, una Amenaza Real Para Europa (in Spanish)


January 8, 2015

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies and Professor of European Studies; Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research

Jones comments how problems in Europe related to immigration are only going to increase as the conflict in the Middle East continues to fester and as Europe's economy continues to struggle. The long-run effect will be to change what is acceptable in European public discourse and so also to make Europe a much less immigrant-friendly place. That is an unfortunate development, argues Jones. Europe needs immigrants to continue to prosper and to get the immigrants it wants it must make them feel welcome.


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La Corte Ue boccia l'Italia sui precari (in Italian)


December 11, 2014

Marco Gestri Adjunct Professor of International Law

Marco Gestri comments on the 26 November sentence of the Court of Justice of the European Union in which Italian legislation on fixed-term employment contracts in the school sector is determined to be contrary to EU law. Italian legislation lays down a system for temporary replacement of teaching and administrative staff in schools administered by the State. The ruling states that he unlimited renewal of such contracts to cover fixed and permanent needs of state schools is not justified.


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