London School of Economics

Slavi Binev

Bulgarian Member of the European Parliament

Member of the Identity, Tradition, Sovereignty (ITS) political group until the group ceased to exist on November 14, 2007

„WCT: (...) Would you consider the crisis as an opportunity?

SB: (...) I think that the stupid people - they fight with the crises, the smart people - they use the crises. For example one man who cannot swim, jumps at the deep water, big wave comes and he dies ; but the same big wave is a paradise a very good think for somebody who can surf.“

Dr. Damian Chalmers

Professor of EU Laws at London School of Economics
Head of the European Institute
His visiting positions include being a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute (2003-2004) and Visiting Professorships at the College of Europe and the Instituto de Empresa.
“But the issue of the markets chasing a boom, and the cycles of investments, and of money making don’t seem to have change in my mind, and you have to be very skeptical. (...) That is always what strikes me so bizarre about it, bad decisions can still be made, involving huge amounts of money, people will still lend to other people without knowing where they are putting their money.”

Dr. Jan Komarek

Lecturer of EU Law at London School of Economics

Jan Komárek studied law at Charles University in Prague (Mgr. 2001, JUDr. 2002), Stockholm University (LL.M. 2004) and University of Oxford (M.St. 2007, D. Phil. 2011). He worked with the Czech Government Agent before the European Court of Justice at the Ministry of Foreign Affaires, Department of EC Law (2004-2006) and was a legal secretary to the President of the Czech Constitutional Court (2009-2010).

„WCT: Who should we trust?

JK: Just your intuition when you don’t have money and you borrow them endlessly, there must be a point when you need to give the money back and I think it is just natural sense of all ordinary people, and if some brilliant mathematician will tell you no we just found this formula under which you can endlessly borrow money and you will never need to return them then it is something strange.“

Karen O’Neil

from International Chamber of Commerce

“It is difficult to hold anybody legally responsible. I think, people should be accountable but I think legally it is difficult to hold anybody responsible for that. I think banks have taken excessive risks that they shouldn’t have taken. Government had little regulation, and all this needs to be put in place. Credit agencies were offering easy credit. To hold people legally responsible is difficult thing to do.”

Jonathan Fisher