Professor Ángel Viñas
Professor Emeritus of Economics and History, Complutense University of Madrid
“The EU Challenged: Populism and Nationalism in Today´s European Union”
Friday, April 24, 2015 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: The Screening Room of the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts (North Campus)
Bio: Ángel Viñas is Professor Emeritus of History and Economics at the Complutense University of Madrid. After growing up in a family of modest means in Madrid’s Atocha district, Viñas won scholarships to study in Germany and Scotland, where he discovered interests in political economy, international relations, and history. He then completed a doctorate in Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid with High Distinction (1974), and later held positions as trade specialist with the Spanish government and the International Monetary Fund. He has served in various advising capacities to the Spanish Foreign Ministry and the European Union, including as Director of Foreign Relations of the European Commission (1997-2001) and Ambassador of the European Commission to the United Nations (1991-1996). Retired since 2007, Professor Viñas lives in Brussels.