During the European economic and financial crisis, German commentators and commentaries managed to present a positive – albeit skewed – view of German economic and fiscal policy as a role-model for the whole of Europe. But a more fundamental and the longer-term consideration of Europe’s future is seldom on the agenda of public discussion and considerations. This comes at a time when we need nothing as urgently as an optimistic, darling and bold – whilst also realistic – vision for the future of the European project. Such a vision is, however, only possible with the necessary (political) will, courage to change and with renewed ways of thinking, new mentalities and institutions. Against this background, the aim of the interdisciplinary project group “European Economic and Fiscal Policy” is to contribute to a new institutional architecture for European economic and monetary union, and, in doing so, to lend new direction to the discourse on Europe after the Euro-zone crisis.

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