Reshaping Europe

4 July – 5 July 2018

The Summit 2018 covered issues spanning the role and competitiveness of Europe in a new world order, the implications of Brexit, migration and digitalization, the stability of the financial sector, populist and authoritarian tendencies, as well as European Economic and Monetary Union.

The Summit 2018 took place on 4 and 5 July at the BMW Welt in Munich.


Top-level government representatives, outstanding international academics and high-ranking decisionmakers from business, media and society will meet to discuss key European policy issues face-to-face and with high international visibility at the Munich Economic Summit.

The summit is an international policy forum for in-depth discussion of European economic policy issues. Its program features top class and insightful speeches, intensive talks in interactive sessions, and a forum for personal and professional exchange. The Patron of the Munich Economic Summit is Minister of the Free State of Bavaria Markus Söder.


The ifo Institute is one of Europe’s leading economic research institutes and has a very high-profile media presence. The ifo Institute forms a bridge between academic research and public discourse. It focuses on applied economic research with clear policy implications with a view to achieving greater stability, prosperity and cohesion for Europe and the world. It strives to comply with the highest scientific standards and aims to play a policy advisory role and contribute to policy debate.

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The Munich Economic Summit is supported by CESifo GmbH. CESifo GmbH is a joint initiative by the LMU Munich and the ifo Institute to promote the internationalization of economic research and to co-ordinate an international research network.




In the year 2002, the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and CESifo GmbH — a joint initiative of the University of Munich and the ifo Institute — launched the Munich Economic Summit. The annual summit became an international renowned event offering internationally acclaimed academics and Europe’s top leaders from business and politics an opportunity to exchange ideas on key issues in an informal setting. As of 2018, a new era began. The ifo Institute has taken over as sole organizer in cooperation with several partners.

The Munich Economic Summit will be held every two years with higher international visibility for political decision-makers and the general European public. The new format will focus more strongly on the economics of key European policy issues. It aims to provide a constructive and solution-oriented dialogue between high-ranking government representatives, outstanding international academics and top leaders from business, media and society.