From a Great Crash to a Pandemic: Banking and fiscal crisis, international trade, and the political economy of U.S.-EU relations

Date / time
Date(s) - 16 December
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Roundtable Discussion

From a Great Crash to a Pandemic:Banking and fiscal crisis, international trade, and the political economy of U.S.-EU relations

University of Naples “L’Orientale”, webinar, 16 December 2020, 15:00-17:00

The world economic crisis from 2008-2012 impacted and reshaped U.S.-EU economic relations that now face further strain as a result of the global pandemic. This roundtable will focus on how the unraveling and recasting of transatlantic economic relations “evolved” amid the ongoing pandemic crisis, and what are the prospects for the future. Specifically, was the 2008-2012 banking and economic downturn the epicenter of an international financial earthquake that shattered transatlantic financial relations? How did the current global pandemic affect this node of transatlantic relations? Moreover, did the Trump presidency change the course of U.S.-EU trade relations substantially? Finally, can the ongoing pandemic crisis trigger a fiscal crisis both in the United States and Europe and which effects can this have on the public spending and the welfare state on either shores of the Atlantic? 


  • Giuseppe Cataldi, Director of the Dipartimento di Scienze Umane e Sociali, University of Naples “L’Orientale”
  • Karen Schinnerer, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate in Naples

Chair: Simone Selva, University of Naples “L’Orientale”


  • Jeffry Frieden, Professor of Government and Chair of the Department of Government, Harvard University
  • Patrick Horne, Political and Economic Chief, U.S. Consulate General, Naples
  • Christine Zumello, Professeure d’Université, Université Sorbonne 

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