Alessandro Leipold

Economic Counsellor

Mr Leipold also serves as senior fellow at the LUISS School of Political Economy. Prior to joining the Lisbon Council, Mr Leipold enjoyed a distinguished career at the International Monetary Fund, serving lastly as acting director of the European Department and later as IMF executive director for Italy, Greece, Portugal, Malta, Albania and San Marino. He began his career as an economist with the European Commission.


“Recovery and Resilience: A First Assessment,” The Forum, 16 July 2021

“Why Italy is Crucial to the Recovery and Resilience Facility’s Success – and What the New Government Needs To Do,” The Forum, 13 February 2021

“Hamilton, Copernicus, Rubicon… Is Next Generation EU a ‘Moment’ at All?,” The Forum, 07 October 2020

“‘To Persist in Error Is Diabolical:’ How Intergovernmentalism Could Torpedo the Next Generation European Union Plan,” The Forum, 23 August 2020

European Stability Mechanism: Missing in Action? Why and How the ESM Needs to Be Mobilised A Three-Step Programme, Economic Intelligence, Issue 11/2020

‘Whatever It Takes:’ Why Urgent Fiscal Policy Action is Key to Eurozone Success, Economic Intelligence, Issue 10/2020

Seeing the Trees, Missing the Forest: Why Quality of Public Finance Matters for Europe, Economic Intelligence, Issue 09/2019

Two Potentially Fatal Achilles’ Heels: Can a Mythical Greek Accord Be Made to Work?, Economic Intelligence, Issue 08/2015

How the Greek Situation Could Still Be Saved: A Three-Point Programme, Economic Intelligence, Issue 07/2015

Two Steps to Avert Another Eurozone Crisis: A Coordinated Cut in the Tax Wedge and Smart Implementation of the Stability and Growth Pact, Economic Intelligence, Issue 06/2014

Interpreting the Stability and Growth Pact: Making Best Use of Existing Flexibility Within the Rules, Interactive Policy Brief, Issue 18/2013

Lessons from Three Years of Euro-Area Crisis Fighting: Getting It Right Next Time, Interactive Policy Brief, Issue 14/2013

Presentation at The 2018 Euro Summit: Why Quality Public Finance is Key to Prosperity – and How Governments Can Deliver It, December 2018