Will Brexit, Trump and populism accelerate Western decline?
With Brexit and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, it is difficult to escape the feeling that “the West” is declining – and not just vis-à-vis other parts of the world. This year Europe will go through an election cycle with great risks of continued political upheaval. Economic growth may be improving, but neither Europe nor America are economies with spring in their step. Where’s the West heading – and why? Are Western voters rebelling against too much innovation and globalization – or against too little change? Is the Western economy on the doorstep of a period of fast productivity growth – or is it rather on a trend of falling economic dynamism that will reduce economic opportunity and increase inequality?
Please join us for a panel discussion on the future of the Western economy and economic leadership.
Alan Beattie is Leader Writer at the Financial Times and author of False Economy and Who’s in Charge Here?
Sandra Parthia, Head of the Brussels Office for the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW Koeln)
Lúcio Vinhas de Souza is a Team Leader, Economics Team at European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), European Commission
Bjorn Weigel is an entrepreneur, start-up investor and co-author of The Innovation Illusion: How So Little is Created by so Many Working so Hard