Despite recent scandals – from the Panama Papers to ING’s massive money laundering – the structures enabling this have been left relatively untouched. Deregulation and financial creativity have made it easier than ever for international capital to flow, hide, acquire and multiply. It finds its way into our real estate, our soccer clubs and our private schools. And it influences our democratic institutions, critics say.

Bullough’s call for action is part of a larger movement. Historian Rutger Bregman went viral after he told the world’s financial elite at Davos to stop dodging taxes. More recently, a committee of the European Parliament concluded that seven of the European Union’s own member states — including Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg — behave like tax havens.

How does this global system work? Who are its winners and losers? And what can we do to counter its adverse effects?


  • Oliver Bullough – investigative journalist and author of Moneyland: Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take it Back.
  • Sandra Phlippen – assistant professor at Erasmus School of Economics and head of Group Economics Netherlands of ABN AMRO.

This program is part of the project Research by Debate, kindly supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL and The Municipality of Rotterdam and coproduced by Arminius, the Erasmus University Rotterdam and De Dépendance.

Date: Monday 13.05.19
Time: 20:00 (doors: 19:00)
Location: Arminius, Museumpark 3, Rotterdam
Admission: € 10,00 (€ 6,00 for students)
Language: English