The Future of the Euro

From Wounds to Wisdom

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Honours students of Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.) organise a seminar on the current state of the Eurozone. Audience members get an opportunity to have their questions answered by a panel of esteemed academics and politicians who will take the floor to discuss the future of the Eurozone.

The Eurozone has been trying to recover from an immense debt crisis in the wake of the Great Recession. Several countries such as Greece, Spain and Ireland required a bail out by the EC, ECB, and IMF in order to revive their economy. The strict austerity demanded from the bailed out countries has caused social unrest and continued economic turmoil. Greece has been a trending topic throughout the news, as its newly elected leadership governed by Syriza is attempting to abandon austerity, contrary to the ECB’s demands. To what extent will Greece be able to revive its economy in the coming years? How will the European Monetary Union be reformed in order to prevent a debt crisis in the future and reduce asymmetric shocks?

From Wounds to Wisdom


8:30  Doors open
9:05  Welcome by Dr Mark Sanders and intro by Martin Visser
10:15  Break
10:45  Panelists introduce themselves and present their views
11:30  Panel holds moderated debate
12:45  End of the event


Martin Visser

Economist and journalist for the De Financiële Telegraaf

Martin Visser is an economist and currently a journalist for the De Financiële Telegraaf. He has successfully analyzed different facets of the Eurozone crisis and published many articles on this topic. Former correspondent in Brussels for the Financieele Dagblad, Martin Visser will be the moderator of the event.

Robert Went


As an economist and famous academic, Robert Went has an outstanding knowledge on the current status of the European economy. Being a member of the scientific staff of the Wetenschappelijke Raad voor het Regeringsbeleid (Scientific Council for Government Policy) and former project manager at the Netherlands Court of Audit, his expertise will be of great value to our conference.

Lex Hoogduin


An economist with a focus on the economics of complex systems, Lex Hoogduin has a lot of experience in the banking sector, being a former board member at De Nederlandse Bank. Nowadays he has changed his focus towards the private financial sector, being chairman of the board of LCH. Clearnet Group and Limited, and will present interesting views on the Euro crisis

Rens van Tilburg

Member and Managing director of the Sustainable Finance Lab

Rens van Tilburg is a member and managing director of the Sustainable Finance Lab, a network of academics of different Dutch universities. Rens’ work focuses on the reform of the financial sector, making it both more stable and more ecological and social sustainable, and on the eurocrsis. He writes a biweekly column for De Volkskrant. Before he worked at the European and Dutch parliament, the Innovation Platform and at the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO).

Focco Vijselaar

Director of International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance

Focco Vijselaar is  the Director of International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance. He has accumulated a lot of experience in the banking and financial sector, having previously worked at De Nederlandsche Bank and the European Central Bank. Focco Vijselaar will touch on interesting topics related to the economic and political issues of the Eurozone.

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