The RAstaNEWS Consortium brought together 12 European universities and think tanks.

They are:

Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca

(Project Coordinator)

Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale

(researc unit: European Programme)

Fondation National des Sciences Politiques

(research unit: OFCE)

Universiteit van Amsterdam

(research unit: CENDEF)

Università Politecnica delle Marche

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarowych

University of Pécs

Brunel University London

Ruprechts-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

(research unit: Alfred-Weber-Institute)

Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London

One representative for each partner participated to the Consortium’s Steering Committee (SC) meetings.









1st RAstaNEWS Conference, 2014:koaladance


On January 14th, ISPI hosted the First RAstaNEWS Conference.

More Europe: Letting the Euro Work at Full Speed”  was attended, among other distinguished speakers, by the Italian Minister of Economy and Finances, Fabrizio Saccomanni, and by the Vice President of the European Central Bank, Vítor Constâncio. Chair of the Conference was Tony Barber, Europe editor at the Financial Times.

Main topic of the Conference was the acknowledgment of the fragility of the common currency construction – finally exposed during the European debt crisis -, both from an economic and a political point of view. The speakers at the Conference discussed the state of the European recovery, and the political steps that have been taken in order to address the original drawbacks of the institutional framework of the common currency (e.g., the ESM, the permanent bailout fund; the SSM and SRM, different elements of the nascent banking union) and new proposals to let the euro achieve its full potential (e.g., elements of a fiscal capacity for the EU).



Before the Conference:

Vítor Constâncio talked about the main measures adopted by the ECB in the face of the crisis; Rolf Strauch, responsible for Economics and Policy Strategy at the ESM, listed factors that let Spain succesfully exit its financial assistance programme; Lucio Pench, Director of Fiscal Policy at the DG ECFIN, told us about the EU Commission role to cope with austerity measures and macroeconomic divergence.








Following is the list of members of the RAstaNEWS Steering Committee:

Christian Conrad (Ruprechts-Karls-Universität Heidelberg)

Domenico Delli Gatti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

Mauro Gallegati (Università Politecnica delle Marche)

Zoltán Gál (University of Pécs)

Cars Hommes (Universiteit van Amsterdam)

Menelaos Karanasos (Brunel University London)

Claudio Morana (Università di Milano Bicocca)

Pablo Rovira-Kaltwasser (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)

Francesco Saraceno (Fondation National des Sciences Politiques)

Patrizio Tirelli (Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca)

Pawel Tokarski [Polski Instytut Spraw Miedzynarodowych (at the time)]

Antonio Villafranca (Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale)