Date(s) - 05/15/17
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Helga Barth, Minister and Head of Political Affairs, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Theodore R. Bromund, Senior Research Fellow in Anglo American Relations, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, The Heritage Foundation; Katerina Sokou, Washington Correspondent, Kathimerini; Luigi Zingales, Robert R. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, Booth School of Business
As the European Union marks its sixtieth anniversary in 2017, celebrations are likely to be tempered by apprehension. Last year’s Brexit vote, and speculation regarding the timing and terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, have created widespread uncertainty. Boosted by the UK’s decision, Euroskeptic movements have also gained ground across Europe. In the coming months national elections in France, Germany, and the Czech Republic will confirm whether Britain’s decision was an outlier or, as Nigel Farage has predicted, the beginning of a broader unraveling of the European project. Why have growing numbers of Europeans lost their appetite for ever closer union? What might the EU look like at the end of this year of destiny?
Minister and Head of Political Affairs, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Helga Barth is minister and head of political affairs at the US embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. Prior to her posting in Washington DC in August 2015, Barth served as Head of the Middle Eastern and Asian Affairs Division, on Chancellor Merkel’s foreign policy team. Previous postings with the Federal Foreign Office include two years as the Ministry’s Research Coordinator on the Policy Planning Staff, a posting as Political Counsellor in Ankara, and two years at the Division for Turkish Affairs. She has also served as Deputy Consul General in Guangzhou, China, and as a political desk officer at the German Embassy in Tokyo. Barth holds a Master’s Degree from Tubingen University and also attended the universities of Erlangen and Bonn, as well as Shandong University in China.
Theodore R. Bromund
Senior Research Fellow in Anglo American Relations, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, The Heritage Foundation
Theodore R. Bromund is a senior research fellow in Anglo-American relations at the Heritage Foundation’s Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom. Bromund joined Heritage in 2008 and studies and writes on Anglo-American relations, US and British relations with Europe and the European Union, America’s leadership role in the world, and international organizations and treaties. Previously he was an associate director of International Security Studies at Yale University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College and holds two master’s degrees from Yale University.
Washington Correspondent, Kathimerini
Katerina Sokou is the Washington, D.C. correspondent for Greek daily newspaper Kathimerini and SKAI TV, focusing on transatlantic relations, international organizations and US politics. A member of the editorial board of the Washington-based European Institute, she has covered extensively the European Union, including the Eurozone crisis, interviewing prominent policy-makers, writing opinion pieces and providing commentary for news media in the US and Europe. She studied Journalism at Columbia University where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism. In the past, she worked at the business desk of the Washington Post, was International Financial News editor at Kathimerini and a financial reporter at Greek DailyTo Vima.
Robert R. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, Booth School of Business
Luigi Zingales is the Robert R. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance and the Charles M. Harper faculty fellow at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Zingales’ research interests span from corporate governance to financial development, from political economy to the economic effects of culture, with a particular focus on Europe. He coauthored Saving Capitalism from Capitalists with Raghuram G. Rajan. Zingales was awarded the 2003 Bernácer Prize for the best young European financial economist. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Università Bocconi in Italy and a PhD from MIT.