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11/29/2016 - 11/29/2016 | Berlin

Laid low: Inside the crisis that overwhelmed Europe and the IMF

Book presentation and discussion with Paul Blustein (Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation; award-winning journalist and author) and Paul Carrel (Chief correspondent in Berlin, Reuters).

Welcome & moderation: Mark Hallerberg (Hertie School).

The event is hosted in cooperation with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

The latest book by journalist and author Paul Blustein to go behind the scenes at the highest levels of international economic policymaking, Laid Low chronicles the International Monetary Fund’s role in the euro zone crisis. Opening with the sensational arrest of IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn during a pivotal point in the crisis, the book makes clear that this sordid episode was only one in a series of setbacks for the IMF as financial conflagration spread from Greece to Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Cyprus — threatening to engulf a region comprising nearly one-fifth of world economic output.

The author lays bare how the IMF joined in bailouts that all too often piled debt atop debt and imposed excessively harsh conditions on crisis-stricken countries. As the book reveals, IMF officials had grave misgivings about many of these rescues but went along at the insistence of European policymakers—to the detriment of the Fund’s credibility, with disheartening implications for the management of future crises. The narrative ends with a tale of the clash between Greece’s radical Syriza government and the country’s creditor institutions that reached a dramatic climax in the summer of 2015.

Reviewers from leading publications have lauded Blustein’s previous books on financial crises as “gripping,” “riveting,” “authoritative,” and “superbly reported.” The Economist said his first book “should be read by anyone wanting to understand, from the inside, how the international financial system really works.” That is all the more true of Laid Low, where Blustein again masterfully applies journalistic skills and methods — in-depth interviews, confidential documents, financial forensics and the craft of great storytelling — to recount the biggest and most risk-laded crisis the IMF has ever faced.

Information on participating / attending:
If you wish to attend, please register online: https://www.hertie-school.org/index.php?id=3095

Date:

11/29/2016 18:00 - 11/29/2016 19:30

Event venue:

Hertie School of Governance
Friedrichstraße 180
Forum, 1st floor
10117 Berlin
Berlin
Germany

Target group:

all interested persons

Email address:

Relevance:

regional

Subject areas:

Economics / business administration, Politics

Types of events:

Presentation / colloquium / lecture, Seminar / workshop / discussion

Entry:

11/18/2016

Sender/author:

Faye Freyschmidt

Department:

Pressestelle

Event is free:

yes

Language of the text:

English

URL of this event: http://idw-online.de/en/event56078


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