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Berlin Launch of a new report: “How Europe should de-risk: Economic security in an age of interdependence”

Monday 6 May 2024
12:00 PM - 14:30 PM (CET)

Representation of Schleswig Holstein in Berlin
In den Ministergärten 8, 10117 Berlin

The Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Berlin and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) would like to cordially invite you to a high-level briefing on the upcoming Report on "How Europe should de-risk: Economic security in an age of interdependence" with Elga Bartsch, John Drummond, Isabelle Méjean, Moritz Schularick, Beatrice Weder di Mauro, and Jeromin Zettelmeyer, scheduled for 6 May 2024 from 12:00 - 14:30 in person in Berlin.


  • 11h30 - 12h00 - Doors open / Registration
  • 12h00 - Opening by Beatrice Weder di Mauro
  • Presentations by chapter authors Isabelle Méjean, Moritz Schularick and Jeromin Zettelmeyer
  • Discussion by Elga Bartsch and John Drummond 
  • Open Discussion
  • Lunch
  • 14h30 – End of event 

The capacity of this event is limited. If you are interested in attending, please contact [email protected].


The 2024 Paris report, a collaboration of CEPR and Bruegel, takes a deep dive into Europe’s economic security challenge in the face of supply chain vulnerabilities and geopolitical shocks. Five papers examine where Europe is vulnerable and where and how it should de-risk, examining history, trade policy, import dependencies, and the economic impact of a decoupling from China. The main conclusion is that ensuring Europe’s economic security will need to go beyond diversifying sources of supply for specific goods, and include a strategy to reduce its trade integration with China, and a strategy to strengthen its single market. The report will be published in early May 2024.

The meeting will be chaired by Beatrice Weder di Mauro. Isabelle Méjean, Moritz Schularick, and Jeromin Zettelmeyer will present his respective chapter of the report, followed by comments and discussion by Elga Bartsch and John Drummond. 

Please note this meeting will be an in-person meeting. 


Isabelle Méjean is Professor of Economics at Sciences Po, Paris and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR). Among her editorial duties, she is the Managing Editor of Economic Policy as of October 2021 (and just completed a mandate as the Co-Editor of the European Economic Review). She is a member of the Conseil d’Analyse Économique since 2020 as well as Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Kiel Institute.

Isabelle MEJEAN’s research interests span international macroeconomics and international trade. She is particularly interested in the structure of firm-to-firm trade networks and its consequences for various aggregate outcomes. She publishes regularly in the top peer-reviewed international journals such as the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of International Economics, the Journal of Urban Economics, and the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.

Moritz Schularick is the President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Professor of Economics at Sciences Po and Research Fellow, CEPR. He is also a Fellow of the DFG-Excellence Cluster ECONtribute.

His work spans the fields of macrofinance, banking and financial stability, as well as international economics, political economy, and economic history.

Jeromin Zettelmeyer has been Director of Bruegel since September 2022. Born in Madrid in 1964, Jeromin was previously a Deputy Director of the Strategy and Policy Review Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Prior to that, he was Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow (2019) and Senior Fellow (2016-19) at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Director-General for Economic Policy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (2014-16); Director of Research and Deputy Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (2008-2014), and an IMF staff member, where he worked in the Research, Western Hemisphere, and European II Departments (1994-2008).

Jeromin holds a Ph.D. in economics from MIT (1995) and an economics degree from the University of Bonn (1990). He is a Research Fellow in the International Macroeconomics Programme of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and a member of the CEPR’s Research and Policy Network on European economic architecture, which he helped found. He is also a member of CESIfo. He has published widely on topics including financial crises, sovereign debt, economic growth, transition to market, and Europe’s monetary union. His recent research interests include EMU economic architecture, sovereign debt, debt and climate, and the return of economic nationalism in advanced and emerging market countries.


Elga Bartsch is Director General for Economic Policy at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action in Berlin, Germany.

Previously, she was Head of Macro Research of the BlackRock Investment Institute and Global Co-Head of Economics and Chief European Economist at Morgan Stanley in London. She started her career as a research associate at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. She has more than 20 years of macro research experience and is a member of the ECB Shadow Council and a trustee of the IFO Institute for economic research. She also served on and chaired the Economic and Monetary Policy Committee of the German Banking Association. She graduated with a Master’s degree from Kiel University, where she subsequently also completed a PhD.

John Drummond is Head of the Trade Policy Division at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.  Mr. Drummond leads the OECD Trade Committee’s work programme providing evidence-based analysis and policy advice on issues such as sustainable and resilient supply chains, services trade, investment, trade policy-making in the digital economy and inclusive trade.  Mr. Drummond, a Canadian national, worked previously at Global Affairs Canada, including assignments at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C., the Permanent Mission of Canada to the World Trade Organization and the Permanent Delegation of Canada to the OECD.  Mr. Drummond holds an Honours B.A. in International Relations from the University of Windsor and a Diploma of Graduate Studies in International Economics from the Graduate Institute, University of Geneva, Switzerland.  


Beatrice Weder di Mauro was appointed as the President of CEPR in July 2018. The Centre's President has overall responsibility for CEPR's research programmes, policy outreach, funding and all researcher appointments. She works closely with the Centre's Vice Presidents, Chief Executive Officer, Programme Directors, and CEPR staff to develop new initiatives and sustain existing activities. Beatrice Weder di Mauro is a Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute of Geneva, Visiting Professor at INSEAD and Distinguished Fellow at the INSEAD Hoffmann Global Institute for Business and Society.