Do we need a European Spring ?- Book Launch

So, there is a launch of the great new book by Philippe Legrain around the need for a European Spring. The launch will be by Professor Senator Sean Barrett, in the Long Room TCD at 6pm on 6 May.

esplEurope is in a mess. Our economies are failing to deliver higher living standards for most people – and many have lost faith in politicians’ ability to deliver a brighter future, with support for extremist parties soaring. After the longest and deepest recession since the 1930s, the recovery is the flimsiest on record. Many countries remain lumbered with broken banks and crushing debts. Most suffer from record-low investment and feeble productivity growth. All are ageing fast. Depressingly, most Europeans think their children will have a worse life than they do. Social tensions within countries are multiplying, as are political frictions between them. Support for the EU is at an all-time low, with the euro increasingly unpopular too. Anti-EU, anti-establishment and often anti-foreigner parties are likely to do exceptionally well in the upcoming European elections.

Why have things gone so wrong? How do we put them right?

As a critically acclaimed author who was until recently independent economic adviser to the President of the European Commission and head of the team that provides President Barroso with strategic policy advice, Philippe Legrain has a unique combination of insider knowledge, intellectual authority and independent perspective that makes him ideally placed to shed light on these issues.

Please join us for the Dublin launch of “European Spring: Why Our Economies and Politics are in a Mess – and How to Put Them Right” on Tuesday 6 May at 1800h, the launch to be by Senator Sean Barrett at the Long Room Trinity College. Please pass this information on to anyone whom you consider may be interested

For a flavour of Philippe’s book, read his article on the eurozone’s flawed crisis response in the international edition of the New York Times

The Independent has also published an exclusive extract from the book:

European Spring is available on Kindle for £2.99 and for £10.16 in paperback from



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