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The 8th annual Intereconomics/CEPS conference took place in Brussels on 9 October 2018. This issue features contributions from our conference participants who take a closer look at the trends and driving factors of convergence and divergence. They examine the ripples created by the 2008 financial crisis in different parts of the EU, the impact of institutions and policy measures, alternative approaches such as the ‘convergence of opportunities for people and firms’ as well as the specific regional factors at play. Our contributors offer a deeper insight into answers to the question: “Economic convergence or divergence in the EU?”

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DOI: 10.1007/s10272-019-0782-7