The challenges for Greece: What does the future hold?

The challenges for Greece: What does the future hold?

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Speaker(s): 
Jens Bastian (Independent Economic Consultant & Financial Sector Advisor)
Chair: 
Kalypso Nicolaidis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Convenor: 
Othon Anastasakis (St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Discussant: 
Yaprak Gursoy (St Antony's College, Oxford)
Series: 
SEESOX

Abstract
Greece is now in its third macro-economic adjustment programme. No other country in the euro area subject to such a programme has needed more than one. Why is that the case? What lessons have been learned?
The presentation will address political economy issues such as unemployment, stability of the financial sector, taxation and the effects of the refugee crisis on domestic policy making capacity.

Since October 2013 Jens Bastian established himself as an independent economic consultant and financial sector analyst. From September 2011 to September 2013 Dr. Jens Bastian was appointed by the European Commission as a member of the Task Force for Greece in Athens, Greece. His previous professional experience includes working for the European Agency for Reconstruction, Thessaloniki, Greece, Alpha Bank in Athens, Greece, as well as academic affiliations with St. Antony’s College, Oxford, U.K., Nuffield College, Oxford and the London School of Economics, London, U.K. Since 2009 Jens Bastian is a senior research associate at ELIAMEP (Hellenic Foundation for Foreign & European Policy) in Athens, Greece.

Yaprak Gürsoy is an associate professor in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. She serves as the vice-president of the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Committee on Armed Forces and Society. She is one of the assistant editors of the journal Uluslararası Ilişkiler, the most prominent indexed Turkish journal on international relations. Dr. Gürsoy is also a 2016 recipient of the Science Academy’s Young Scientist Award (BAGEP) given to promising Turkish scientists.