Salon Talks: Economist Joseph Stiglitz on the future of the Euro and U.S. defense spending

The Nobel Prize winner joined Salon to discuss the European debt crisis and his new book

Published August 24, 2016 2:51PM (EDT)

 (Peter Cooper)
(Peter Cooper)

The Salon Talks series continued Monday when Joseph Stiglitz, economics professor at Columbia University and recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the John Bates Clark Medal, visited Salon's New York office for a Facebook Live conversation with Bold's Carrie Sheffield.

In the clip above, Stiglitz discusses his ideas for solving Europe's debt and currency crises, which he details in his new book "The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe." In Stiglitz's view, Europe's economic integration outpaced its political integration, and taking a few steps away from the Euro as we now know it — without abandoning the idea altogether — might help the continent to one day move toward a sustainable common currency. "There are a lot of people who are absolutely committed to the idea of eventually having a single currency," Stiglitz said. "The don't want to go back on the progress we've made

Stiglitz explained his "flexible Euro" plan: "It has the flexibility of saying, let's start creating these institutions and get these countries' currencies to move closer and closer together, and then eventually, once you got them really working cooperatively and you have creative institutions that are able to adjust in the face of a shock, then you say, OK, now we're ready for a single currency."

The wide-ranging discussion also touched on Stiglitz's opinions on U.S. defense spending, which he sees as exorbitant. Watch Stiglitz explain his position on defense spending in the second clip below and don't miss the full discussion on Facebook Live.

By Michael Garofalo

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