The sovereign debt crisis in Europe and impact on the Euro has changed political and economic dynamics in the region. Despite the crisis starting in Western Europe, former Soviet countries that have joined the EU are now also facing recession, with the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary among the hardest hit.
At the same time, other new EU members have proved more resilient – with the slowdown elsewhere in Europe, Poland is now the EU's fastest-growing economy, with the European Commission predicting it will grow by 2.7 per cent this year. This seminar will explore what Eastern and Central European countries think about the current crisis and its implications, both for Europe and the rest of the world.
What do Central European nations think of the long-term prospects of the European Union and the single Euro currency?
Do Central European countries feel they have enough of a say in regional economic governance and global institutions?
What lessons should Asian countries take from Europe, in considering their own economic integration in initiatives such as the ASEAN Economic Community?