At a time when Europe is in turmoil, IESE and alumni have the opportunity to hear the views of someone who was for many years at the center of the European project, Romano Prodi. Prodi will be speaking on the Barcelona campus tomorrow on the subject of "The future outlook and challenges for Europe in today's context."
After serving as Italian prime minister from 1996 to 1998, Prodi assumed the role of President of the European Commission from 1999 to 2004, a period that included the transition to the euro. Since 2008 he has served as president of the African Union-UN peacekeeping panel.
Commenting on the euro crisis last week, Prodi said he felt it was the job of member state governments and not the European Central Bank, to solve Europe’s debt problems. He said he believed that Mario Draghi, the incoming president of the ECB, will have less room for maneuver than Jean-Claude Trichet, the incumbent, who hands over the reins on November 1.