As 2014 draws to a close, Europe’s economies remain stuck in second gear and feeble growth cannot compensate for the loss of output and jobs during the crisis. The fear of a Eurozone split has been tamed but has not been fully removed. And the ever more realistic prospect of left-wing governments in countries such […]
The economic crisis has meant harsh austerity in a number of EU states. But even those that retain relatively sound macroeconomic fundamentals have engaged in belt-tightening wary of market reactions and rising spreads. The political economy of the EU is displaying worrying signs of decay, as Europe’s socio-economic model is undermined through strategies of fiscal […]
Our debate on equality is useful and necessary. Useful because it allows progressives to step a little bit back and seriously debate whether they have not succumbed to the temptations of contemporary capitalism a bit too easily. Necessary because the rejuvenation of social democracy goes through critical reflections on the past and present of its political […]
As seen elsewhere in Europe, the Greek government’s recent employment legislation has not been well received, putting the traditional partnership between the social democratic PASOK party and trade unions in jeopardy. In the context of mutual disappointment, however, can a renewed social partnership revive the country’s flagging economy and hard-tested social cohesion? Party–union relations in […]
The Greek crisis is not merely economic: behind the numbers are people, most of whom bear no responsibility for the economic mess they have ended up with. Manintaining social cohesion as poverty and unemployment levels rise ought to be a policy priority.
Social democrats have a strong claim on democracy, and for good reason. First, their opposition to Soviet-style communism and their commitment to parliamentary democracy marked the beginning of their journey towards power. Second, as soon as the alliance with the liberals fulfilled the goal of equality in political representation for the working class, they set […]