Is Switzerland still in Europe?
CESifo EEAG report
31 March 2014
Via Sarfatti 25, Milan
On 31 March 2014, Giuseppe Bertola, member of the European Economic Advisory Group at CESifo, presented the thirteenth report “Report on the European Economy” at Università Bocconi in Milan.
The report had been discussed by Sergio Romano, former diplomat and leading commentator of the Corriere della Sera. The discussion was chaired by Tito Boeri (Università Bocconi and Fondazione Ing. Rodolfo Debenedetti).
This year’s edition, focuses on Switzerland, and specifically on the lessons that Europe can learn from the Swiss experience in reaching pragmatic compromises in the creation of common institutions and policies. The presenation of the CESifo report gave the opportunity to discuss the “Swiss model” and the recent vote to cap immigration to Switzerland, including its consequences at the European level.The report also discusses the immediate macroeconomic outlook for the global economy, with a particular focus on the European situation, the issue of austerity and the measures to implement a banking union in Europe.
Giuseppe Bertola is Professor of Economics at EDHEC Business School. Previously, he has held faculty positions with the University of Turin, the European University Institute, and Princeton University. He has advised international organizations such as the European Commission and the European Central Bank. His research focuses on labor and financial market structures and institutions in an international comparative perspective.
Sergio Romano is an Italian writer, journalist, and historian. He is a columnist for the newspaper Corriere della Sera. Romano is also a former Italian ambassador to Moscow.