About: Maria João Rodrigues

Euro & Finance 17-02-2015

Many of Greece’s problems were aggravated by the EU

We must recognise that many of Greece's problems were aggravated by the behaviour of the European Union, writes Maria João Rodrigues.

Female leadership is a must, not an option

To stay competitive on a global scale, the European Union needs to mobilize the untapped potential and talent of women in all spheres, write a number of women leaders, after launching the EU Women Caucus on 2 December, 2014.

On the social dimension of a genuine Economic and Monetary Union

Social convergence should be a key consideration as member states embark on a new round of integration to complete the EMU, otherwise it will result in an intensification of competition between them and social dumping, writes Maria João Rodrigues.
Euro & Finance 25-10-2011

Euro zone crisis: Is the EU’s political suicide the only solution?

European leaders must be desperate to consider their main external partners, via the IMF, as the new solution to save the European economy. Should they accept this, they will enter world history as those who buried the European project and turned Europe into a second-rank actor, writes Maria Joao Rodrigues, a former Portuguese minister and adviser to the EU institutions.
Euro & Finance 18-07-2011

The deal we need to overcome the eurozone crisis

The euro zone needs greater European cohesion, more responsibility from its member states and increased coordination if it is to overcome the current crisis, argues Maria João Rodrigues in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.
Euro & Finance 21-06-2011

For a new narrative on the euro zone

The euro zone needs a new narrative to overcome the current crisis or it runs the risk of a major political split, writes Maria João Rodrigues, a professor at the Institute of European Studies in Brussels and an advisor to the EU institutions, in an exclusive op-ed for EURACTIV.
Euro & Finance 18-02-2011

European pacts: Time for an economic union

Germany's proposal for a 'competitiveness pact' opens a unique opportunity to forge a real economic, not just monetary union, says Maria João Rodrigues, an economic policy professor and special advisor to the EU institutions. But she also warns about risks of serious divisions which have started to emerge.
Euro & Finance 03-12-2010

A new compromise for a sustainable euro zone

The euro zone is facing a systemic crisis, but exit or default are not solutions and a new compromise is needed between member states and financial investors, writes Maria João Rodrigues, professor of European Economic Policies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a policy advisor to the EU institutions.
Euro & Finance 28-10-2010

Economic governance: What today’s EU summit debate might look like

The main concern underlying reform of EU economic governance is avoiding another debt crisis, but although this is key, Europe should also focus on fostering sustainable growth for future competitiveness, writes Maria Joao Rodrigues, professor of European economic policies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a policy advisor to the EU institutions. In the sketch below, she simulates a debate on reforming economic governance.