The year that tested us all

As the year draws to a close, Giuseppe Porcaro invites Maria Demertzis, André Sapir and Guntram Wolff to review this eventful year in economic policy and beyond. The guests also talk about a book that has marked them this year and finally, their hopes and wishes for the decade ahead.

Events mentioned:

Monetary policy after the pandemic, with Janet Yellen

Together for Europe’s recovery and for a better, more sovereign Europe, with Olaf Scholz

The green deal: Europe’s growth strategy, with Frans Timmermans

Books mentioned:

Zuboff, Shoshana. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. New York: PublicAffairs, 2019.

Carreyrou, John. Bad blood: Secrets andLiies in a Silicon Valley Startup. New York: Knopf, 2018.

Aral, Sinan. The Hype Machine: How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections, Our economy, And Our Health–And How We Must Adapt. New York: New York Currency, 2020.

Bratton, Benjamin H. The Stack: On Software and Sovereignty. Massachusetts: MIT Press, 2016.



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Insights, debates, and research-based discussions on economic policy in Europe and beyond. The podcast is produced by Bruegel (, an independent and non-doctrinal think tank based in Brussels. It seeks to contribute to European and global economic policy-making through open, fact-based, and policy-relevant research, analysis, and debate. A podcast member of EuroPod.