The Next Challenge for the EU? Italy's Politics and Economy

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Simona Piattoni
 
Lorenzo Codogno
 
Janne Taalas (MP3, 9.38 Mb)
 
Marco Siddi / Photo: Alvar Aalto-Setšlš Marco Siddi / Photo: Alvar Aalto-Setšlš
Simona Piattoni / Photo: Alvar Aalto-Setšlš Simona Piattoni / Photo: Alvar Aalto-Setšlš
Lorenzo Codogno / Photo: Alvar Aalto-Setšlš Lorenzo Codogno / Photo: Alvar Aalto-Setšlš
Janne Taalas / Photo: Alvar Aalto-Setšlš Janne Taalas / Photo: Alvar Aalto-Setšlš

Mon 28.11.2016 at 13:00-15:00
Auditorium of the Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Ankkurikatu 5, 4th floor, Helsinki

On the eve of an important referendum on the countryís future institutional structure, Italy is mired in economic stagnation, high unemployment and austerity policies. Prime Minister Matteo Renziís requests for budget flexibility in Brussels have led to clashes with the European institutions and other EU leaders, but have not substantially altered Italyís economic policy and woes. This has weakened his domestic popularity and emboldened political competitors, most notably the Five Star Movement. How does Italyís political and economic situation relate to broader European politics? How have post-2008 economic developments impacted on Italian society, and are there any Italian proposals to reform EU-level economic policies? What are the possible scenarios for Italian politics after the constitutional referendum, and in view of the next parliamentary elections?

Opening remarks: Teija Tiilikainen, Director, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Speakers: Simona Piattoni, Professor, University of Trento

Lorenzo Codogno, Visiting Professor, London School of Economics, former chief economist of the Italian Treasury

Comments: Janne Taalas, Ambassador of Finland to Italy

Chair: Marco Siddi, Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs


For further information, please contact: Marie-Louise Hindsberg, tel. +358 9 432 7712, marie-louise.hindsbergfiia.fi