Philipp Lausberg

European banking union and fiscal policy reform: how to explain delegations of power to the EU in the wake of the financial crisis?

Antwerp Centre for Institutions and Multilevel Politics (ACIM), University of Antwerp

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PhD project

In my PhD project, I seek to explain different forms of recent delegation to the EU, and link this up with the question of how far they are legitimate with different institutional stakeholders. Concretely, I will look at the creation of the European Banking Union and the reforms of the Stability and Growth Pact in suit of the sovereign debt crisis. The focus will lie on the following institutions: The Single Supervisory Mechanism, the Single Resolution Mechanism, the Single Resolution Board, the planned European Deposit Insurance Scheme as well as the European Commission and the European Central Bank.

  • Supervisor: Dirk De Bièvre, University of Antwerp
  • Co-supervisor: Markus Jachtenfuchs, Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies


  • Bruegel, Brussels


Prior to starting my PhD, I have worked as a journalist and in the startup and management consulting industries in Russia and Germany. European integration has always been a topic very dear to me especially after experiencing life in countries that do not enjoy the same freedoms and values as we do. Having witnessed the financial and sovereign debt crises bringing the European project to the brink of collapse, I believe that regulating the financial sector is one of the most vital tasks to stabilise the EU. PLATO with its great network and resources gives me the opportunity to study this important topic and hopefully make a positive contribution to prevent failing banks from endangering the EU once again. Nationality: German.

  • MSc in Russian and Eastern European Studies, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
  • BA in Political Science, St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford


  • paris-lausberg Becoming a presenter with impact

    As part of PLATO's training programme, the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, Sciences Po Paris hosted a three-day training in giving scientific presentations. Focusing on presentation skills through intensive rehearsal early on in a doctorate quickly proved its value.


  • completing-banking-union The Coronavirus crisis as a test to the EU’s fiscal and banking policy reforms

    The reforms in the EU’s economic and financial governance structure in response to the Euro crisis have been put to the test by the Coronavirus pandemic. While the resurfacing of the sovereign debt crisis has highlighted the inadequacies of the Union’s fiscal policy reforms, the relative stability of the banking system so far hints at a partial success of the banking union. Philipp Lausberg argues that the EU recovery fund is a step in the right direction, while a completion of the banking union needs priority to prevent a banking crisis should the EU face a post-pandemic recession period.

    Post-Crisis Democracy in Europe blog, 28 July 2020


Published Oct. 11, 2017 10:51 AM - Last modified Jan. 5, 2022 11:27 AM