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STEFANO MERLO

I am a PhD candidate at the VU Amsterdam's John Stuart Mill College and I am now visiting researcher at the School of Transnational Governance (EUI). I write about the Economic and Monetary Union from a macroeconomic and philosophical perspective.  I am applying republican political theory to the Eurozone to understand which principles of international justice should apply to a currency union. I studied Economic Policy (MSc) and Legal and Political Theory (M.A.) at the University College of London.

 

NEWS & EVENTS

MANAGING PUBLIC DEBT IN THE EMU @YSIVIRTUAL PLENARY

November 14, 2020
with Vivien Schmidt (Harvard) and Philipp Heimberger (WII Wien)

We have looked at the issue of democratic control of fiscal policies and thought about a Post-pandemic Fiscal Framework for the Monetary Union. Is it time to change the one we have?

SHOWCASE SESSION POLITICAL ECONOMY OF EU @YSIVIRTUAL PLENARY

November 14, 2020

I presented my paper on Independent Fiscal Institution in the EMU at the third session of the Political Economy of Europe Working Group

THE GERMAN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT RULING AGAINST THE ECB

October 8, 2020
with Mark Dawson and Ana Bobic (Hertie School of Governance) and Martin Hellwig (Max Planck Institute)

Was the BVerfGE ruling “misguided”, as the Financial Times claimed? Or is it instead a welcome democratic check on an otherwise uncontrolled ECB?

EU RECOVERY FUND: CITIZENS’ ATTITUDES AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL BARGAINING

September 14, 2020
with Francesco Nicoli (Uni Ghent) and Silvia Merler

Recovery Fund: is this really the EU's 'Hamiltonian moment'? Are big intergovernmental bargains really the only way forward? (Event organised for the YSI Political Economy of EU Working Group)

INTERVIEW WITH PROF. ALBERT WEALE ON 'THE DEMOCRATIC PROMISE OF INDEPENDENT FISCAL INSTITUTIONS

June 10, 2028

A brief discussion on a possible democratic interpretation of the role Independent Fiscal Institutions that has been added to the UCL course on Ethics in Public Policy (2020-2021)

VU-PPE RANT WORKSHOP

June 19, 2020

A very stimulating one-day workshop organised for the OZSW in collaboration with my colleagues from the John Stuart Mill College

SECOND AMSTERDAM GRADUATE CONFERENCE IN POLITICAL THEORY

28-29 May, 2020

A two-day event organised with my colleagues from the John Stuart Mill College that brought together some 25 scholars in political theory to discuss their work-in-progress

WHO NEEDS FISCAL DISCIPLINE? EMU BETWEEN RULES AND DISCRETION

November 2019
with Frank Vandenbroucke (UvA), Iain Begg (LSE), Roel Beetsma (EFB)

The EMU’s fiscal framework lies at the center of many political controversies and in some countries it’s output benefits are increasingly being questioned. This event, hosted by the PPE John Stuart Mill College, has brought together three leading scholars to discuss what, if anything, should be done about the issue of public debt.