The UK and the new eurozone governance: what place for Britain in the new EU? (1 March 2012)

Organised by the Aston Centre for Europe, together with the European Commission,

Our conference will bring together politicians, bankers, journalists, academics and seasoned Brussels watchers in order to examine two core issues, as follows. First, we will investigate what the potential scenarios are for the outcome of the eurozone crisis in the short- and long-term and what the risks are for the UK, both economically and politically. Second, we will examine how Britain’s relationship with its European partners is evolving in the wake of the UK veto of an EU-wide treaty to resolve the eurozone crisis, and the decision of the remaining Member States to push ahead without Britain.

The event will be held at the Aston Business School (ABS), Aston University, from 4.00pm to 7.15 pm and will be followed by a drinks reception. Registration will be open from 3.30 pm. I attach a map of the university campus for your information.

The event is free of charge and open to all. A registration form is enclosed for you to complete and return to:

16h00    Welcome

Professor Simon Green, Co-Director, Aston Centre for Europe

Panel One: Assessing the Eurozone Crisis: Risks and Implications for the UK

Chair: Professor John Gaffney (Aston Centre for Europe)

Speakers: Cillian Ryan (University of Birmingham); Thomas Matussek (Head of Public Affairs, Deutsche Bank; former German Ambassador to the UK); Andrew Douglas (DTCC); Malcolm Harbour MEP

17h15    Keynote Address: Emma Reynolds MP (Shadow Minister for Europe)

Securing Britain’s Place at the Heart of a Competitive European Economy

18h00    Panel Two: Future Perspectives: Redefining Britain’s Relationship with its European Partners in the Wake of the Veto

Chair: Dr Nathaniel Copsey (ACE)

Speakers: David Harley (Burston Marsteller/Aston Centre for Europe); Will Hutton (Principal, Hertford College, Oxford, tbc); Tony Barber (Financial Times); David Clark (Freelance Political Writer & Analyst); Adam Hug (Foreign Policy Centre)

19h15    Close of conference followed by a drinks reception

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