With the ITUC General Council due to meet tomorrow, answers are urgently needed to the deeper issues raised by this affair.
Solidarity in time of war
The Russian invasion of Ukraine demands a multi-pronged, enduring European response sending a very clear signal to the Kremlin.
Belarus: toughness towards the regime, solidarity with the people
Alongside working to confront Lukashenka, the EU should offer respite to those threatened by his dictatorship.
Nineteen Burmese protesters sentenced to death—Europe get off your sofa!
The military in Myanmar is fully aware of Europe’s response to the killing spree against democracy protesters. It is not impressed.
Human-rights due diligence and Myanmar
Myanmar is a test case for engaged global companies’ commitments to due diligence. They must act to ensure suppression does not prevail.
Belarus needs more than the Sakharov Prize
Strengthening of civil society, construction of democratic institutions and economic support must all figure in an EU agenda for a post-Lukashenka Belarus.
No Realpolitik please: Europe must support the Belarusian people
Proactive engagement to help overcome the stalemate and firm signalling that any autocratic crackdown will trigger strong and effective measures are needed.
Beyond ‘green growth’
A serious discussion of ‘just transition’ must break with a social model based on individual utility maximisation—before it breaks the biosphere.
I Am Not A Fan Of Angela Merkel But…
I do admire and fully support her policies and her strong humanitarian commitment in this refugee crisis. Opening up the country for a million people instead of building fences to keep them out has made her the woman of hope for many refugees. Firmly putting humanitarian help as the imperative against Islamophobic and xenophobic hate […]
What Next After Tsipras Dashed Schäuble’s Hopes For Grexit?
A Greek government forced to bow to the impossible, a referendum brushed aside, the Franco-German partnership damaged, European compromise diplomacy replaced by ultimatums, the euro in limbo, large parts of Europe swept by anti-German fear and resentment and another €83bn sunk into a doomed “rescue package”. Not quite how successful policies are supposed to play […]
All We Are Saying Is Give Greece A Chance!
Greek unit labour costs are down to the level of 2006, pensions have been slashed, the budget deficit largely eliminated, public sector employment has been reduced by 25%, determination to improve tax collection and deal with tax evasion is stronger than ever before, labour markets have been liberalised, bureaucratic barriers for entrepreneurship have been lowered. […]
A New Start For Greece, An Opportunity For Germany
If misperceptions solidify, they become a reality. This seems to be the biggest political risk of the euro crisis. As a German living abroad I am amazed about the gulf between perceptions of the European crisis in Germany and in southern Europe. If you follow the German debate, you get the impression that the irresponsible […]
Why We Need Movement Of Free People
When Franklin Roosevelt outlined his essential four freedoms in 1941 he was convinced democracy could only be defended and advanced beyond the remaining 11 democracies by replacing classical liberalism with a comprehensive concept based on freedom of expression, freedom of worship, freedom of want and freedom from fear. Real freedom cannot exist if one of these […]
Inequality And Post-neoliberal Globalisation
Only a crisis – actual or perceived – produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around. That, I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable. […]
The Real Problems Of Migration And Work And How To Solve Them
Sitting in nice wine bars or cosy restaurants in superbly gentrified inner city areas, the chattering liberal middle class expresses its disgust about the xenophobic under-classes turning against migrants and voting for right-wing populist parties. Being a member of the chattering class myself I fully share these feelings. The populist migrant bashing makes me furious. […]