Economic Liberty and Centralization in the European Union


This two-session conference focused on economic policies and some of the history of the European Union and its relationship to liberty. Among some contemporary writings, speeches from Margaret Thatcher were used to help appreciate how some of the concerns of the past can be used to explore present economic conditions and future possibilities in Europe.


Conference Readings

“The Lisbon Treaty.” Eurostep-EEPA. (October 11, 2011).

Acton, John Emerich Edward Dalberg. Selected Writings of Lord Acton, Volume I: Essays in the History of Liberty. Edited by J. Rufus Fears. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1985.

Alesina, Alberto and Francesco Giavazzi. The Future of Europe: Reform or Decline. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2006.

Thatcher, Margaret. “Speech to the College of Europe (The Bruges Speech).” Bruges Belfrey, Bruges, Belgium, September 20, 1988.

Thatcher, Margaret. The Downing Street Years. New York: Harper Collins, 1993.

Thatcher, Margaret. “Speech to Bank Julius Baer (The Real Questions Facing Europe in the 1990s).” Bank Julius Baer, Zurich, October 17, 1991.

Thatcher, Margaret. “House of Commons Statement on the Rome European Council [No-No-No!].” House of Commons, United Kingdom, October 30, 1990.

Thatcher, Margaret. “House of Commons Speech [before the Maastricht contract was negotiated by John Mayor].” House of Commons, United Kingdom, November 20, 1991.