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 […]
Our blogs are short commentaries on current affairs issues.
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; […]
As the parties revealed their manifestos last week, there was an unseemly battle over who first introduced the living wage. David Cameron (wrongly) claimed that the living wage was a Conservative policy brought in by Mayor Boris Johnson. This prompted former Labour Mayor Ken Livingstone to remind Mr. Cameron that it was his administration that […]
All agree, the Good Society is sustainable, but what about the force needed for its realisation? The Good Society Debate was launched in response to many crises but also as an attempt to rise to a more profound challenge –the deafening loss of direction on the European left. A lack of leftwing imagination is much […]
The impact of the European economy is now nearly three times larger than what is required for a sustainable world. Today Europe uses 20 per cent of what the world’s ecosystems provide and yet is home to only 7 per cent of the world population. If present patterns of production and consumption continue unchecked, the […]