Georg Fischer is the 2015-16 European Union Visiting Fellow for the EU Studies Program at the MacMillan Center. He is on leave from his job as the analysis/evaluation Director at the Employment and Social Policy Department of the European Commission. He is a labor economist who, before joining the EU, worked for the Austrian Finance and Labour ministries in Vienna, the OECD in Paris, the Social Science Center Berlin and the Economic Cooperation Foundation in Tel Aviv. Mr. Fischer’s main research interests are integration and divergence in the U.S. labor market and welfare system as a source for reflection on how the EU can achieve a higher degree of labour market and social convergence – increasingly seen as condition for the long term sustainability of the European Economic and Monetary Union. He is also interested in EU and U.S. relations and in exchanges with students and scholars on European affairs and developments.