Tag: EuroCrisis

  • Another Europe is Needed

    Since the end of World War II, tribal rivalries and xenophobic sentiment in Europe have never been as strong as they are today. And this is but one of the European Union’s ‘successes’. Not to mention the resurrected warmongering vocation that led the Union to feed conflicts in Libya, Syria, Ukraine and, when the Union … Keep reading »

  • The Crisis of European Integration and the Challenges for the Left

    The elephant in the room is now visible to everyone. All the developments of the past years, from the extreme violence and cynicism of the “memoranda of understanding” imposed upon Greece to the decision of the British referendum in favour of Brexit, point to the same direction: the deep crisis of European Integration. It was … Keep reading »

  • The Future of the Euro Area

    The unequal development of the countries of the euro area since the outbreak of the crisis is causing increasing friction that threatens to tear the monetary union apart. Contrary to what many critics of the monetary union suggest, responsibility for this development lies not alone with its internal structure, but is rather a general feature … Keep reading »

  • After ‘Brexit’: A Social-Democratic Re-Founding of Europe?

    Critical remarks on the new post-“Brexit” strategy paper by Sigmar Gabriel and Martin Schulz In light of “Brexit” and within 24 hours after the publication of the final results in the British referendum on EU membership, Sigmar Gabriel, Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) chairman, German vice-chancellor and Minister of Economic Affairs in the Merkel government, … Keep reading »

  • The EU Referendum: The Case for a Socialist Yes Vote

    What attitude should socialists take to the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU)? It is possible to trace the roots of the movement for European unity and integration to the inter-war decades. A number of loosely linked groups – some led by radical federalists including socialists, liberals and supporters of the League … Keep reading »

  • Why Should Labour Support the Undemocratic European Union?: The Case to Leave

    The origins of the European Union (EU) are, in many ways, inspiring and almost miraculous. Co-operation in the iron and steel industries between France and West Germany was built on an economic strategy that gave not only dignity, but some power to workers, through the balance of power in corporate governance which gave a parity … Keep reading »

  • #15May

    What Remains of All Our Outrage?

    It’s been five years since the massive occupation of May 15, 2011 that gave birth to the movement of los indignados, known as the 15M movement, followed by five years of faltering progress with many advances and set-backs along the way – five years of a tremendous crisis, civil unrest and mass protest. What remains … Keep reading »

  • Podemos and the Crisis of the Spanish State

    Early in February, Australian correspondent Dick Nichols, who reports from Catalonia, was interviewed by Tijmen Lucie of the Dutch Socialist Party monthly magazine Spanning. Below is an edited version of the original interview published on March 1 by Spectrezine. Tijmen Lucie (TL): First of all what can you tell us about Podemos? How did this … Keep reading »

  • Let’s Develop a Plan B for Europe!

    Many in Europe had put great hopes in the election of Alexis Tsipras as Greek Prime Minister. When, after long and exhausting negotiations, the Syriza leader signed the European diktat, the disappointment was great. It would be unjust and presumptuous to want to give moral lessons to Alexis Tsipras and Syriza. After these experiences for … Keep reading »

  • What Next in the Greek Crisis?

    If the ongoing standoff between the Syriza government and the Troika of the European Union (EU), European Central Bank (ECB), and International Monetary Fund (IMF) could be boiled down to its essentials, it would be this: The “institutions” will only equip the Greek economy with enough operating funds to manage a bare-bones operation. And they … Keep reading »

  • Greece: Alternatives and Exiting the Eurozone

    On 5 July 2015, by a referendum initiated by the government of Alexis Tsipras and the Hellenic Parliament, the Greek people overwhelmingly rejected the austerity measures imposed by the institutions that were known as the Troika. It was a splendid victory for democracy. However the agreement reached on Monday, 13 July will lead to fresh … Keep reading »

  • The Real Plan B: The New Greek Marathon

    In the face of being excluded from desperately needed funds and the threat of being kicked out of the European Union, the Greek parliament has now voted to accept the Troika memorandum. The Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras acknowledged – unlike social democrats choosing to implement neoliberalism as part of their ‘modernization‘ – that this … Keep reading »