ZEW President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Franz was pleased to welcome some 400 guests to the ZEW Economic Forum on Thursday, June 14, in Mannheim. Renowned political representatives, financial experts, and researchers discussed reasons for and possible solutions to the eurozone debt crisis at the event titled "Perspectives for the Euro". Prof. Dr. Clemens Fuest (Oxford University), Dr. Ulrich Kater (Deka Bank), and Prof. Dr. Manfred Neumann (Bonn University), as well as Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Werner Sinn (ifo Institute) debated on ways leading out of the crisis and on the question of how growth can be stimulated, even when there is no alternative to reducing the states' debt burdens.
Like in recent years, the second part of the ZEW Economic Forum was dedicated to "science for practice". ZEW researchers presented findings from their current research on investments and taxes, the financial centre Frankfurt, and the German export boom.
The event was concluded with the lectures of Dr. Jens Weidmann, President of Deutsche Bundesbank (German Federal Bank), and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang Franz, Chairman of the German Council of Economic Experts and ZEW President. Weidmann lectured on the medium-term role of monetary policy. Franz discussed perspectives for the euro and gave a résumé of this year's Economic Forum.