MES 2018: 4 July - 5 July 2018


Reshaping Europe

4 July – 5 July 2018

The world is changing fast and Europe seems to be lurching from one emergency to the next. In addition to inherent differences and tensions, Europe faces a host of (economic) challenges including high youth unemployment, the currency union, the UK decision to leave the EU, migration pressures, security concerns, uncertain transatlantic relations and geopolitical threats, the risks and opportunities of digitalisation, and the rise of “anti-EU” movements and political parties.

Currently representatives of European governments and the EU are actively discussing the idea of further deepening the EU. Large swathes of the European population, however, harbour concerns over deeper integration and further transfers of power to EU institutions. But what is the best way of achieving greater European cohesion? How will and should the future of Europe look in this uncertain environment? How can Europe solve its inherent crisis and what does it require for a successful relaunch? What should be the role, constitution and competences of the EU and the currency union?

To address these fundamental questions, the Munich Economic Summit as a European economic policy forum matters more than ever. By covering topics that address Europe’s current challenges and opportunities, the summit in 2018 aims to provide constructive and positive contributions to greater European cohesion and prosperous development. The summit under the topic “Reshaping Europe” will deal with issues like Europe’s role and competitiveness in an uncertain and digital world, the stability of the financial sector, governance of the European Monetary Union and Eurozone Fiscal Policy, as well as the internal constitution, future role and (dis)integration process of the EU.


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Registration, Lunch & Networking

at BMW Welt

Welcome Address

Clemens Fuest

President, ifo Institute Munich;
Professor of Economics and Public Finance, University of Munich

Opening Keynote Addresses

Reshaping Europe: an Agenda for the Future of Europe

Günther H. Oettinger

Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, European Commission, Brussels

Sigmar Gabriel

Former Vice Chancellor, Member of German Parliament, Federal Republic of Germany, Berlin

Pier Carlo Padoan

Member of Parliament, Former Minister of Economy and Finance, Republic of Italy, Rome

The Role and Competitiveness of Europe in a New World Order

The panel on “The Role and Competitiveness of Europe in a New World Order” will focus on issues spanning globalisation, international trade and migration, trends towards protectionism, the development in European neighbourhood regions and the EU’s future role in all of these areas. The panel will also discuss the implications of Brexit, a new form of transatlantic relationship, and the ongoing rise of China and the Far East for Europe’s future global role and its competitiveness.


Katinka Barysch

Director of Political Relations, Allianz SE, Munich


Richard Baldwin

Professor of International Economics, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Anthony L. Gardner

Former Ambassador of the U.S. Representative to the European Union, 2014 – 2017, Brussels

Arancha González

Executive Director, International Trade Centre, joint development agency of UN and WTO, Geneva

Karl Haeusgen

Vice President, Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), Frankfurt/Main

The Future Role of the EU: Europe as Ever Closer Union?

The panel on “The Future Role of the EU: Europe as Ever Closer Union?” will focus on the internal constitution, the (dis)integration process, as well as the EU’s future role in promoting greater European cohesion, prosperity, and the closer union of people. The issues to be addressed will span the impact of UK’s decision to leave the EU, the challenge of ongoing migration pressures, the rise of “anti-EU” movements and political parties, expectations of Eastern European member states, and the future role of the EU in labour market, social and fiscal policy, as well as market regulations in Europe.


John Peet

Political Editor, The Economist, London


Giuseppe Bertola

Professor of Economic Policy, University of Torino; Member of the European Economic Advisory Group (EEAG), Munich

Jerzy Kwieciński

Minister of Investment and Economic Development, Republic of Poland, Warsaw

Liliana Pavlova Nikolova

Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council 2018, Sofia

Sir Ivan Rogers

Former Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union, Brussels

at Munich Residence

Welcome Speech

on behalf of the Munich Economic Summit’s Patron

Georg Eisenreich

Bavarian State Minister for the Digital Agenda, Media and Europe

Words of Greeting

from Friends of the ifo Institute Chairman

Roland Berger

Honorary Chairman, Roland Berger GmbH


Thursday, 5 July 2018

Europe’s Role and Competitiveness in a Digital World

Timotheus Höttges

Chief Executive Officer, Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn

Europe and the Digital Economy

The panel on “Europe and the Digital Economy” will focus on the competitiveness of Europe’s economy in a digital world. The discussion will cover issues related to the effect of digitalisation on the economy and the labour market, regulations and taxation, promoting digital start-ups, and the EU’s role in all of these areas.


Richard Gutjahr

Freelance Journalist, ARD / Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich


Michael Böhmer

Partner EY Economic Advisory, EY Germany

Marie-Elisabeth Rusling

CEO and Member of the Board, Business Angels Europe, Brussels

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, University of Oxford

Tommaso Valletti

Chief Competition Economist, European Commission, Brussels

Eurozone Reform: What is Missing?

Clemens Fuest

President, ifo Institute Munich; Professor of Economics and Public
Finance, University of Munich


The Future of the Euro

The success or failure of the European Union depends heavily on the future development of the Eurozone. While the Eurozone is gradually recovering from a long crisis, Eurosceptic voices and movements persist in some parts of Europe. It is indeed questionable whether the architecture of the Eurozone is sustainable and would survive another economic or political crisis. Currently, representatives of European governments and the EU are actively discussing a reform agenda for the Eurozone, including ideas like the introduction of a European Minister of Finance, a European Monetary Fund, and new budgetary instruments.

The panel will discuss what reform and future governance of the euro area should look like in order to achieve a sustainable and incentive-compatible architecture, prosperous development and greater cohesion among its members. The panel will address questions like: are the euro area and the European financial sector stabilised and sustainable – where do we stand? How can the fiscal discipline of sovereigns be strengthened? Do we need more elements of risk-sharing or a focus on risk reduction? How can risk-sharing and market-discipline be reconciled with achieving an incentive-compatible architecture in the currency union? Should the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) be transformed into a European Monetary Fund? Does the currency union need an exit clause and viable insolvency procedure for its member states? How should TARGET-II imbalances be managed in the future?


Clemens Fuest

President, ifo Institute Munich; Professor of Economics and Public
Finance, University of Munich


Markus K. Brunnermeier

Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Economics, Princeton University

Anne-Laure Delatte

Deputy Director CEPII; Member of the Conseil d’Analyse Economique in France, Paris

Marek Mora

Member of the Board, Czech National Bank, Prague

MES 2018 Video


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