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Germany and Italy in the European Union: Divergence or Convergence?

May 19, 2016 at 15:00

Sala delle Colonne Viale Pola, 12

A conference organized by the LUISS School of Government and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung 

15:00 – 15:30 - Welcome Remarks and Introduction:

  • Massimo Egidi, Rector, LUISS Guido Carli
  • Susanne Wasum-Rainer, German Ambassador 
  • Sergio Fabbrini, LUISS School of Government 
  • Ernst Hillebrand, FES-Italia

15.30: 16:30 – History and Perceptions

Chair: Giovanni Orsina, LUISS School of Government

  • Michael Braun, FES 
  • Federico Niglia, LUISS Guido Carli

16:30 – 17:00 - Coffee break

17:00 – 18:30 – German dominance of the Eurozone? A Panel

Chair: Dr. Ernst Hillebrand, FES-Italia

  • Philip Steinberg, Head of Division, German Ministry of Economics 
  • Hans Kundnani, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • L.F.M. Bessenlink, University of Amsterdam
  • Marcello Messori, LUISS School of European Political Economy
  • Vivien Schmidt, Boston University

18:30 – 20:00 – Muddling Through or Reform: The Future of the EU

Chair: Sergio Fabbrini, LUISS School of Government


  • Giuliano Amato, Italian Constitutional Court
  • Sandro Gozi, Undersecretary for Europe
  • Carsten Schneider, MP, Deputy Head SPD Group in the Bundestag