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YPFP DC: The Euro at a Crossroads - the Currency's Future and What It Means for Europe and the World
Thursday, October 18 | 6:30pm
4th Floor Conference Room
The 21st-Century, globalized economy means that Europe's financial crisis is affecting not only Europe but the rest of the world. The Euro's lingering problems are making countries in Europe take a long, hard look at the future of the continent. They will need to start answering some difficult questions: Can such a diverse landscape with various fiscal policies and economic priorities maintain a single currency system? How much more is needed to prop up Greece? After Spain and Portugal, who is next? How much longer will Germany hold on?
Please join YPFP as we invite Valerie Rouxel-Laxton and Amy Medearis from the Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America for a roundtable discussion on the Euro crisis and its implications for the European Union's future.
Amy Medearis is the Senior Economist of the Delegation of the European Union to the United States, a position she has held since 2003. In this capacity, she writes regular reports for European Union officials on US macroeconomic developments and on policy developments relating to monetary, fiscal, employment and social policies in the United States. She helps to represent the positions of the European Commission at the International Monetary Fund, and serves as an interlocutor on European matters for staff at the US Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve. Medearis also regularly informs experts and non-experts in the United States about developments in the EU and the European economy. She is actively engaged in the EU Delegation's public outreach programs, and is the creator of the Euro Challenge, an EU Delegation-run competition designed to teach American high school students about the European economy and the euro.
Valerie Rouxel-Laxton is an Economist and heads the Economic and Financial Affairs at the Delegation of the European Union to the United States in Washington, DC. She is responsible for analyzing and reporting on macroeconomic developments in the US and European economies, and representing the European Union on economic matters in the US. Before coming to Washington, she worked for the European Commission's economic service in Brussels, specializing in international economic issues, forecasting, and European integration. In this capacity she has written and delivered presentations on a number of economic issues, including the current economic situation, global imbalances, and labour market developments. She holds a PhD in international economics from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and a Master of Science degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, Lyon.