Month: May 2017

After 10 years of economic crisis and austerity, the first signs of a European spring?

It is ten years since the financial crisis of 2007-8. Ten years lost and wasted. Ten dark years that have been like an ice age in which the hopes and aspirations of working people were frozen. A banking crisis led to government debt crisis. Economic crisis led to political crisis. The austerity medicine mistakenly chosen …

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How the financial industry mobilised against the European Financial Transaction Tax

Despite broad post-crisis support in Europe for a financial transaction tax, the financial industry successfully lobbied to water down proposals and delay its implementation. 2017 should be the year when the much-delayed and watered down European Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) is finally implemented – but this is looking increasingly unlikely. After the 2008 financial crisis …

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The European Pillar of Social Rights

On 24 May 2016 the European Commission published its ideas on the establishment of a European pillar of social rights. These documents had a long gestation. On his entry into office in July 2014, President Juncker had already promised a strengthening of the social dimension of the EU, and he reaffirmed his plans in September …

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What future is there for the Republican Party and the Socialist Party?

The presidential election was the ultimate reward for Emmanuel Macron – the President of the Republic. He campaigned for this opportunity, an opportunity to preside over a reshaping of the political landscape. From this day forward, the political spectrum and the debate which surrounds it will be focused on one question; can the Socialist Party …

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Party before country

I am a passionate democrat but this election is completely unnecessary, a direct consequence of the depressing and disastrous result of the referendum on membership of the European Union, when David Cameron put party before country.   Once Theresa May became Prime Minister it became clear that, like David Cameron, she was beholden to the …

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Brexit negotiations have begun – representing the views and interests of Millenials

First, a declaration of interest. I am one of the 3 million European citizens who live in the United Kingdom. Like many, I campaigned for Remain and was devastated when, in the late evening of June 23, it became clear that the Leave campaign had won.   And yet here we are. The past cannot …

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The difficulties encountered when politics is over-simplified

It is understandable how academic commentary has been stimulated over recent months but in the aftermath of the Forward! (En Marche!) political victory it is important to remember the fundamental points. The use ‘populism’ as a catch-all phrase to characterise the positions of both Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and, to a lesser extent Emmanuel …

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