Valerie Rouxel-Laxton

  • What Will it Take to Reconcile Europeans with Their Own Parliament?

    The recently concluded European parliamentary elections have fractured longstanding political alliances. From the Liberal and Green parties to the populists and Euroskeptics, voters have delivered a more fragmented European Parliament. Challenges abound as the European Union (EU) needs to among other things address climate change, rekindle sustainable economic growth, and address foreign policy issues. All of these are pan-European issues, which will require looking beyond national borders and setting up new coalitions to craft policy directions. The European Parliament can serve as a forum to reconcile Europe and its citizens, provided it becomes a public square for transnational debate.

    The European parliamentary elections—held this year from May 23 to 26—are one of the largest democratic displays in the world. Many observers, however, often view them as a “strange beast” and consequently ignore the consequences. The European Parliament shares responsibility with the


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  • Global Economic Leaders Should Prepare for 'Unknown Unknowns' of Climate Change

    As the world’s economic and financial leaders gathered in Bali, Indonesia, last week, they were expected to scrutinize each other’s economic outcomes and policies against the backdrop of the International Monetary Fund’s reports on the world’s economic outlook (World Economic Outlook), the global financial situation (Global Financial Stability Report), and fiscal developments (Fiscal Monitor). These reports, which were prepared by teams of economists ahead of the annual meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, are intended to inform world leaders and the public at large about current economic developments, prospects, and risks. 

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  • The Future of Work: Advancing Workforce Resilience

    On October 10, 2018 Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Center’s Inclusive Growth Initiative hosted a roundtable featuring Dr. Stefano Scarpetta, Director for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs at the OECD.

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  • A Call to Work Together

    Institutions and fora such as the United Nations, the Bretton Woods Institutions, the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the G-groups are based on the organizing principle of multilateralism. After World War II, they have helped nation states coexist in a peaceful and relatively prosperous environment. Nowadays, they face criticism for being inefficient and lacking transparency. Some governments are withdrawing from these institutions altogether and reaffirming their individual power, which has led to a more fragmented world order.

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  • Ukrainian Finance Minister Optimistic About Economic Future

    Despite past difficulties, Ukraine’s track record of economic reforms appears to have set the country in the right direction, according to Oleksandr Danylyuk, finance minister of Ukraine.

    Speaking at the Atlantic Council on April 17, Danylyuk struck an optimistic tone about the coming years in Ukraine as he addressed the economic reforms that the government in Kyiv has undertaken so far. “Despite the difficulties, the previous implementation [of economic reform] shows we can achieve,” he said. According to Danylyuk, that the slew of reforms carried out in the past three years had and will continue to change Ukraine by nourishing the hopes of the Ukrainian people.

    The Ukrainian economy is expected to grow at 3.2 percent this year, and into 2019, according to the International Monetary Fund’s just-released World Economic Outlook. However, Ukraine will face...

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  • Protectionism, Data Privacy, and the Transatlantic Partnership

    On Friday, March 11, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program hosted a public conference focused on IP regulations, data privacy, and the transatlantic partnership, with a keynote speech by European Union (EU) Ambassador David O'Sullivan. The event was part of the program's Eurogrowth Initiative, as well as the ensuing private lunch, made possible through the generous support of PhRMA.

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  • Reforming the European Union: The Franco-German Tandem and the Future of Economic Governance

    On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, the Atlantic Council's EuroGrowth Initiative hosted a breakfast discussion on the changing Franco-German attitudes towards European Union (EU) economic governance.

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