On Monday 8 April 2013 European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht debated with renowned Belgian Economics professor Paul De Grauwe, formerly teaching at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven but now at the London School of Economics, on the crisis in the Euro zone. Both speakers are known for their knowledge on several European issues which led to an interesting debate on many issues, ranging from the Euro crisis and how to solve it, the future of the Euro and the situation in countries such as Belgium. The debate was moderated by LSE alumnus and the Brussels bureau chief of the Financial Times newspaper, Peter Spiegel.
After the debate, kindly hosted by the UK Permanent Representative Sir Jon Cunliffe in the Music Room of the British Residence in Brussels, there was also some time for questions. This well-attended event drew many LSE alumni as well as some prominent guests such as former top Belgian diplomat Frans Van Daele.