The deepening of economic integration of the European Union, which gained further momentum with the introduction of European Monetary Union and the ‘eastern’ enlargement of the EU, has been a major driving force for European trade unions to intensify their efforts to coordinate collective bargaining policies across borders. The rationale for unions to embark on […]
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The Progressive Dilemma: From Lloyd George to Blair, by David Marquand Orion Books, ISBN-13: 978-0753807064 This is an unusual book review in that it represents something of an appeal for a new edition to a long thumbed through publication. It has been a decade since David Marquand, academic and one-time politician, updated his classic: The […]
For some, like the former President of the Italian Democratic Party Walter Veltroni, all nowadays’ fragmented and allegedly ‘liquid’ societies want from a party is an attractive narrative. The rest of the party organising task can be limited to primary elections and electoral volunteering. I do not share this view. We still need a modernised […]
The German SPD and Austrian SPOE announced yesterday that they intend to use the new Citizens Initiative instrument to campaign for a Europe-wide financial transaction tax if the predominantly conservative EU governments do not introduce such a levy until the autumn. SPD Chairman Sigmar Gabriel and the Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann announced that they would […]
Yesterday evening I commented on the current talks of the Eurozone finance ministers on Al Jazeera International. Watch below what I had to say.
Ok, one day after a party was removed from office after 13 years it might not seem to be the time to talk about opportunities. But if you look at the fundamentals, the British Labour party has a great opportunity to regroup and go for office again in the near future. Social democratic parties have […]
Sustainability questions have hardly featured at all in the course of the British general election campaign. Although many Conservative candidates deny the existence of climate change, no-one high-profile has spoken up for that view, and therefore climate has not been an issue in the campaign. However, climate is on the political agenda these days in […]
So it is finally done. After dragging their heels for months, the leaders of the Eurozone have agreed a rescue package for Greece. As the BBC reports, it has a total volume of 110bn Euro, 30bn from the IMF and 80bn from other Eurozone countries. This rescue means that Greece’s liquidity needs will be covered […]
The Greek tragedy is reaching a tipping point. Yesterday, we published an open letter written by a group of economists making the case for a European solution. After the Berlin meeting, it has become clear that Angela Merkel intends to stick to her position and won’t be pushed into quick action. Given the dramatic pace […]
UNICEF UK’s vision is a world in which every child’s rights are fully realised. So, as the UK General Election, due to take place on May 6th, draws nearer, we are calling on politicians to pledge their support for children’s rights and policies which help to ensure these rights are fully realised. It is reassuring […]
Can social democracy hold the tiger of capitalism in check or is global capital now too liquid for any social democracy to control? Is the carefully managed European balance between people and capital becoming unsustainable and should we be looking for alternative, more humane, economic strategies? Capitalism has brought many benefits to western Europe and […]
One of the most promising developments in these otherwise challenged and war-ridden times, is the new wealth of data on the material effects of human wealth-inequalities.[1. See for example Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, The Spirit Level: why more equal societies almost always do better (Penguin 2009).] Inequality is no longer “just” a moral issue; […]