Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth
Robin Huguenot-Noël is a Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre (EPC) and an Associate Fellow at the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin. His research concentrates on EU economic governance, industrial policy and trade. Before joining the EPC, Robin worked as Policy Adviser in the UK Treasury, the European Commission (as a Seconded National Expert) and the French Assemblée Nationale. Robin also worked as a Teaching Assistant in Pacific University (United States) in the framework of a Fulbright scholarship. Robin graduated from the College of Europe in Natolin (Poland) and holds a master degree in International Relations from Sciences Po Lille (France) and the University of Münster (Germany). He also holds a Diploma in Economics from the University of Birkbeck – London (United Kingdom).
On 30 June 2017, the Jacques Delors Institut Berlin published a report on the spending priorities of the European countries. Robin Huguenot-Noël, contributor of the Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth, tried to identify common points in government spending strategies on a national scale, together with Jörg Haas. They came out with four main findings, which reveal that convergence is far from being achieved.
The one-fits-all approach does not fit the current socioeconomic environment. It is imperative that we develop horizontal policies, in cooperation with all involved players, to tackle multiple problems effectively.
The political mainstream thinks that this crisis is conjunctural, not structural. But the trouble with austerity policies is, that they increase the crisis in a cumulative way. With austerity one can only enlarge the probability to maintain the crisis, not to rule out it. And politicians don’t solve this problem – they preserve it.
On 28 June 2016, the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, together with the German Federal Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, officially launched the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE-project at the Europasaal of the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. (more…)
The Thinking Lab on Sustainable Growth aims to provide guidance on the challenge of shaping economic growth in Europe in a more ecologic, inclusive and social way. The issue of Sustainability is not limited to the field of ecology, but has to be tackled within a cross-sectoral approach, incorporating topics such as energy policy, innovation and start-up policy, digitalisation, social security and national debt policy.