Annette Godart-van der Kroon is president of the Ludwig von Mises Institute Europe, having taken up the position in 2001. Since then the Institute has hosted a large number of events on various topics that influence politics in Brussels. Previously she worked as adjunct referendary at the Ministry of Defence in the Department of Judicial Affairs at the Hague and as a lawyer at the Court of Utrecht and in Roermond in the Netherlands, specializing in civil affairs. She has given numerous speeches on juridical, philosophical, and economic issues and has published books, articles, and comments on these topics. Her publications include two books on the theories of von Hayek and articles on Schopenhauer’s theory of law published in the Schopenhauer-Jahrbuch in 2003. She is also a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and has participated in Liberty Fund meetings. She enjoys opera, reading, and horseback riding.
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- Next section We are going through a period where some governments in developed countries are intervening in the markets as never before, with quantitative easing on a massive scale. The failure to intervene, however, is now frequently cited as one of the causes of the crash. How do you view this?