On Friday, March 10, the Atlantic Council’s EuroGrowth Initiative gathered in Washington, DC with political and intellectual leaders from around the world to discuss the current state of affairs in the European Union. The conference focused on developing strategies to stimulate the EU’s economic growth as a means by which to secure and strengthen the transatlantic alliance.

Thanos Dimadis was invited to the conference as the representative for IVY, one of the largest networks of rising leaders across the United States. Thanos is IVY’s Policy Program Director, and he directed a series of questions at the panelists. His queries revolved around the current debate in Europe on the “multi-speed Europe project,” asking about the potential impact of this initiative on countries facing entrenched structural problems (such as Greece, Portugal, and Spain). He also inquired as to the current U.S. administration’s commitment to supporting the Eurozone, European sustainability, and Obama-era policies advocating for the interconnectedness of the U.S. and European economies.

Please watch the below video to see these international leaders respond to IVY’s questions and weigh in on the important projects at the core of the EU’s future growth.

The council consisted of: Dr. Susan Lund (Partner, McKinsey Global Institute); H.E. Gordon Bajnai (Group Chief Operating Office, Meridiam; Former Prime Minister of Hungary); H.E. José Manuel Barroso (Non-Executive Chairman, Goldman Sachs International); Dr. Paula Dobriansky (Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs); and Mr. Raymond W. McDanial (President and Chief Executive Office, Moody’s Corporation).

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