Judy Dempsey

She is the editor-in-chief of Carnegie Europe’s Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe, which is a platform for commentary, analysis and policy recommendation from leading European experts.Judy Dempsey is a non-resident senior associate at Carnegie Europe, and has been a columnist at the International Herald Tribune (recently renamed as the International New York Times ) since 2004.

In her weekly section "Judy Asks" , Dempsey poses a question to key European observers on a current issue pertaining to EU foreign or security policy.

Before joining the International Herald Tribune, Dempsey was based in Brussels, Jerusalem, and Berlin as a correspondent with the Financial Times.

She has contributed to a number of books, including Developments in Central and East European Politics (2007), and is the author of the German-language Das Phänomen Merkel (2013).

Dempsey joined a panel discussion in Berlin to talk about why Germany’s leadership will inevitably be criticised, what lies ahead with Angela Merkel's third term in office, and the disconnect that exists between the "outside image of Germany" and the economic reality within the country.


Ulrike Guerot

Ulrike Guerot is a German political scientist and, in October this year, she became a senior associate for Germany at the Open Society Initiative for Europe.

Previously, Guerot was at the European Council on Foreign Relations' (ECFR) German branch, headquartered in Berlin, as the representative for Germany and a senior policy fellow. From 2010 she led ECFR’s ‘Germany in Europe’ project.

Before that, Guerot was a senior transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund, from 2004-2007, and led the EU unit of the German Council on Foreign Relations from 2000-2003.

Guerot regularly writes about and comments on EU-related issues for a wide range of publications and news outlets.

She spoke to Empire in Berlin as part of a panel to discuss the "blame game" directed by France at Germany. She also talked about how labour reforms have impacted Germany, and explained why the perception that Germany has loaned and "given so much" is an incorrect one.


Vladimir Dlouhy

Vladimir Dlouhy is a Czech economist and politician who was the then fledgling Czech Republic’s first minister of industry and trade under Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus from 1992 to June 1997.

He was a member and then the vice chairman of the Civic Democratic Alliance as well as a member of Parliament. He is a member of the European Regional Advisory Group of the International Monetary Fund.

Since 2000 he has been a lecturer of macroeconomics and economic policy at Charles University, Prague.

Dlouhy spoke to Empire in Prague to discuss how the eastern and central European countries have been affected by the economic crisis, why the southern countries were not ready for the euro, and whether or not German politicians understood the risks of these countries entering the euro.


Tomas Hudecek

Hudecek is the mayor of Prague, a position that he was elected to in June 2013. Hudecek has been a representative of his city since 2010, after being elected into the Prague City Assembly. A year later he became the deputy mayor, and in this role he focused greatly on transportation.

Since 2003, Hudecek has been a researcher and lecturer at the department of applied geoinformatics and cartography at the Charles University Faculty of Science, and has been researching transport in his country, looking at the period from 1918 to 2020.

Hudecek shared his perspective on the strengths of the Czech economy.


Marcel Fratzscher

Marcel Fratzscher is the president of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). He is also a professor of macroeconomics and finance at Humboldt-University Berlin.

Previously, Fratzscher was the head of international policy analysis at the European Central Bank. He has also been associated with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.

Fratzcher is widely published on matters related to monetary policy, development, institutions and financial crises, international finance and macroeconomics.

Some of his recent research has centered upon sovereign risk and contagion during the European sovereign debt crisis.

He joined Judy Dempsey and Ulrike Guerot at a panel discussion in Berlin and said that Germans, who are the most Europhile of all Europeans, are also going through an economic crisis.


Michal Mejstrik

Michal Mejstrik is the professor and chairman of the Institute of Economic Studies at the Charles University in Prague. His academic focus is on financial markets, corporate finance and banking.

Mejstrik was the chairman of the Czech Republic’s International Chamber of Commerce between 2011-2012.

He is the founding member of the Czech Association for European Studies. In 2009, he was made a member of the National Economic Council of Government.

He spoke to Empire about what makes the Czech economy a success, and where the southern European economies lost out.


Liana Kanelli

Liana Kanelli is a Communist Party (KKE) member of the Greek Parliament.

She is a member of three parliamentary committees: National Defense and Foreign Affairs, Institutions and Transparency, and Road Safety. She is also a member of the Council of Europe, the Western European Union, and the Greek Committee of the International Peace Council (EEDYE).

She has worked as a journalist for the past 35 years and, in 1997, she founded the political, cultural and historical monthly review, NEMECIS, which was published until 2011.

An active public figure, Kanelli has been elected onto various journalists’ union bodies, and has received awards for her social activism and work combating racism.

An outspoken, popular figure, Kanelli spoke to Empire in Athens about how Brussels and Berlin are "imposing and blackmailing politics" and how Greece was misled into joining the euro.


Stephen F Szabo

Stephen F Szabo is the executive director of the Transatlantic Academy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington DC.

His areas of expertise are transatlantic relations, NATO, the European Union, German politics, and US foreign policy.

He was previously the academic and anterim dean and the professor of European studies at the Paul H Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

He spoke to Empire about the US' perceptions of Germany as a transatlantic partner, and the might of the German economy in Europe.


Michal Mejstrik

Michal Mejstrik is the professor and chairman of the Institute of Economic Studies at the Charles University in Prague. His academic focus is on financial markets, corporate finance and banking.

Mejstrik was the chairman of the Czech Republic’s International Chamber of Commerce between 2011-2012.

He is the founding member of the Czech Association for European Studies. In 2009, he was made a member of the National Economic Council of Government.

He spoke to Empire about what makes the Czech economy a success, and where the southern European economies lost out.


Anne-Cecile Robert

Anne-Cecile Robert is the head of European and African content at French newspaper Le Monde diplomatique. She is also in charge of the development division of the publication, as well as its international editions.

She spoke to Empire about how the French have lost faith in themselves, and how they have chosen not to be the leaders of Europe.


Alain Gresh

Alain Gresh was the editor of Le Monde diplomatique for 10 years, between 1995 and 2005. Since 2008, he has been the deputy director of the French publication.

Gresh specialises in the Middle East, and is the president of the Association of French Journalists, with a focus on the Maghreb and the Middle East.

His books and writings have been translated into English, Persian, German, Arabic, Dutch, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

He spoke to Empire about a lack of political will among the French elite, and how the French have diminished their role in the global arena.


Serge Halimi

Serge Halimi is the editorial director of Le Monde diplomatique . He specialises in US and French politics. Halimi is the author of two best-selling books, including one on the rebirth of the neoliberal economic order, Le Grand bond en arrière.

He spoke to Empire about how the French economy is in trouble today, largely because of the policies which Le Monde diplomatique has condemned for the last three decades.


Teflon

Teflon is an Athens-based band that makes music it describes as being "somewhere between post-rock and alternative". Many of the band members have experienced first-hand the effects of the economic crisis in Greece, and their lyrics reflect both the despair and hope in the country right now.

Three out of five of them are unemployed and try to get by with occasional work. Of the two that work, one is a freelance geotechnical engineer and the other works as a delivery boy.

Kostas Gamma is the vocalist and guitar player, Dimitris Grigoriadis plays the drums, Dimitris Pallis is the bassist, Kostas Tsiolis plays the keyboards, and Thanasis Dimakopoulos plays the guitar.

They hope to self-release their first album, which consists of songs written and composed between 2007-2010.


Giles Merritt

Giles Merritt is the secretary general of the Brussels-based think-tank Friends of Europe, which he founded in 1999. Friends of Europe covers and debates non-defence EU topics at the level of policymakers, stakeholders and researchers.

Merritt is also the co-founder and director of Security and Defence Agenda (SDA), which was started in 2002 and is Friends of Europe’s sister think-tank that is committed to security and defence issues.

Merritt founded Forum Europe in 1989, and from 1968-1983 he was a Financial Times correspondent reporting from London, Paris, Belfast, Dublin, and Brussels.

Merritt continues to write columns about EU issues for various international publications.

He spoke to Empire in Brussels about the European project, and why Germany is not really leading, as well as his take on Euroscepticism in Britain.

Source: Al Jazeera