At the Conference on European Economic Integration of the Austrian Central Bank on November 20 and 21, 2017 Sonja Puntscher Riekmann held the Dinner Speech “The EU perspective: learning from the past to address future challenges”. Starting from the creation of the euro and its institutional underpinnings, the speech focused on the resolution mechanisms invented by European actors during the financial and fiscal crisis and outlined future perspectives in the light of the Commission’s White Paper on the Future of Europe as well as on the Reflection Paper on the Deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union.