We have tried to address the problems posed by conceiving a modern left wing policy in Europe and in the EU, specifically reflecting its dynamic global context, and trying to reflect recent experiences adequately, while establishing a theoretical basis for a critical approach to them.
The task formulated by Judith Dellheim in the “Opening” had been to clarify the global context and the theoretical basis of the discussion. She had asked the workshop More
In the beginning I have to come back to the quartet of the 4+2 connection. Globally, energy related activities produce around 63% of climate-damaging emissions and around 77% of all CO2 emissions. Around 28% of climate-damaging emissions and 36% of CO2 emissions stem from electricity generation and heating. Transport accounts for around one quarter of climate-damaging emissions. The transport sphere depends on oil for 96% of its energy; oil is responsible for over 95% of the emissions caused by transport. More
My aim is to show how the capitalist oligarchies have dealt with the crisis and how they use the crisis in order to strengthen their position in global competition, to strengthen their role in the globalization process. This is connected with financialisation and consequently with further oligarchisation. And, this, again, is connected with the development of the production and social structures. The strongest become stronger. More
This is the fourth meeting of our EU experts’ discussions and I should like to remind or to inform you, very briefly, about its history and also about the main ideas of this project or its underlying “philosophy”.
Our first EU experts’ discussion has taken place in December 2011. It had the ironic title “Crisis, Crisis, Euro Crisis” and helped to overcome More
In these notes I will address the issue of how the United States and the European Union are responding to what is now increasingly recognised as an existential crisis of Western hegemony and liberal capitalism. As George Soros wrote on 23 October 2014 in The Guardian newspaper, the West must keep up its pressure in Ukraine, because if not, the system that has been built up over decades and which includes NATO and the EU, may begin to unravel and as it does, eastern Europe may again come under the influence of a resurgent Russia. More
Please see the paper posted on October 11th and click here
1) The hypothesis laid out in this paper is that a new turn in the international economic and geopolitical situation took place in the last months. On the economic side, not only it appears that the finance capital’s social and economic power has not been seriously dented by the new regulatory framework under way in different countries, but that it goes on thriving on the global bleak macroeconomic situation. Through the last years, mainstream economists’ main concern was EU deflation, a code name for depression. More
The Eurozone crisis has re-introduced the notions of core/periphery into the debate. However, this is a theoretically contested area between those who place special emphasis on international relations and those who emphasize class relations. In view of the complexity of the subject, analyzing a particular case study can shed light on its multiple dimensions, so that conclusions of a more general applicability may be drawn. More
In regard to the posts from the end of May and from July 16th we publish an official report of the European Commission on the “Euro crisis countries”. Please find it here