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Capitalist Crisis

EUROZONE CRISIS

Economists of the group Research on Money and Finance (RMF) at SOAS, University of London, coordinated by Professor Costas Lapavitsas, have produced a report on the current crisis titled “Eurozone Crisis: Beggar Thyself and Thy Neighbour?”.

The report claims that the current public debt crisis of peripheral Eurozone countries (Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain) is related to persistent German current account surpluses. RMF proposes either structural reform of European Monetary Union, or exit from the Eurozone.

The report is available at: http://www.researchonmoneyandfinance.org

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Chantal Mouffe

Chantal Mouffe

The Future of Democracy: Prospects and Challenges

 

Which way forwards for the European Union?

This event has been organised by Chantal Mouffe (co-initiator of the Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space network).

Friday, 13 November 2009, 10.30am to 1pm
The Pavilion, University of Westminster
115 Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW

RSVP Charlotte Regan
Email:  charlotte.regan@my.westminster.ac.uk

Round-table discussion:
Thomas Ferenczi (Paris)
Fernand Keuleneer (Brussels)
Kalypso Nicolaidis (Oxford)
Frieder Otto Wolf (Berlin)

The Round-table will be chaired and introduced by Chantal Mouffe (London)

Now that the Irish have finally voted in favour of the ratification of the Lisbon treaty, a decisive step in the consolidation of the European Union might hopefully take place. After years of uncertainty – initiated by the rejection of the Constitutional Treatise by the French and the Dutch – concerning the future of the European institutions, the possibility now exists to envisage the future in a more optimistic way. But a successful future requires fostering among the people of Europe a real allegiance towards the European project. To be sure, with the financial crisis many people began to realize the importance of being in the EU, however its popularity remains at a very low ebb. A few decades ago things were different though, and the European project appeared as expressing the aspirations of many people and as able to awaken their enthusiasm. What has happened to bring about this change? Which mistakes have been made to explain the current disaffection with the EU? Many explanations have been offered which range for the geo-political transformations linked to the end of the Cold War, the resistances against a too rapid process of enlargement, imposed from the top without popular consultation. The criticism most often rehearsed is the lack of legitimacy of the EU due to its democratic deficit. What can be done to reverse this trend? Which model should European unification adopts? How could common forms of identification be established among the citizens of Europe, so as to mobilize their affects around a European vision that does not negates their differences? Those are some of the issues that will be discussed by a panel composed of specialists from various countries and several disciplines.

For “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network website: http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org

For Radical Politics Today magazine:
http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/resources/publications/magazine/magazine.html

For more on the book What is Radical Politics Today? published in 2009 by Palgrave Macmillan: http://www.spaceofdemocracy.org/resources/resources_bookstoread.html

Jonathan Pugh
Senior Academic Fellow
Director “The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space” network
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology
5th Floor Claremont Tower
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU
United Kingdom
Honorary Fellow, The Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

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Globalisation and European Integration

 

Conference on: ‘Globalisation and European Integration: the Nature of the Beast’

5th-6th June 2009, University of Warwick.

ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL TO PARTICIPANTS

Registration is now open

Description:
A cutting-edge event on Critical Political Economy approaches to European integration and its relationship with globalisation. The conference aims to stimulate a constructive engagement between historical materialist, constructivist and post-structuralist approaches to European integration. It aims to encourage interdisciplinary exchange between specialists from the fields of politics, international relations, international political economy and sociology on their research findings regarding global governance, regional integration and the national state with special reference to the European Union.

Registration fee:
£27 including refreshments, buffet lunch and wine reception on Saturday.

Registration deadline: 15th May 2009.

Capacity:       
There is a limited number of places available, so please register as soon as possible in order to secure your participation.

Keynote Speakers:
A. Cafruny and M. Ryner.

Participants:
K. Van der Pijl, B. Jessop, H. Overbeek, L.S. Talani, A. Bieler, W. Bonefeld, B. Clift, A. Wigger, H. Buch-Hansen, O. Holman, H.J. Bieling, S. Shields, C. Belfrage, J. Grahl, G. Menz, J. Baines, H. Macartney, I. Bruff, J. Drahokoupil, L. Levidow, C. Shaw, G. Strange, J. Tittenbrun, H. Plaschke, E. de Zutter, F. Ercan, S. Oguz, S.M. Rodrigues Balão, C. Dannreuther, K. Möller, C. Hermann, L. Horn, V.Muzaka, M. Notshulwana, A. Popa, O. Parker, J. Caballero, F. Capano, M. Fini, N. Fuentes, E. Gundogdu, W. Ko, O. Yaka, S. Braconi, J.W.Son.

For more information (conference programme, registration procedure, transport/accommodation information), please visit http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/ss/beast/

Co-organisers: Andreas Tsolakis (A.A.Tsolakis@warwick.ac.uk) and Petros Nousios (P.Nousios@warwick.ac.uk). 

This event is kindly funded by the American Study and Student Exchange Committee and the PAIS department at Warwick.

 

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Euro Elections: where should we turn our fire?

 

Uncaptive Minds Discussion Forum

 

The second series of our ‘Uncaptive Minds’ forums is about “capitalism and the working class today”, looking at issues such as the financial climate, globalisation and imperialism, casualisation and the transformation of the workforce.

 

The next meeting is on the subject of “Euro elections: where should we turn our fire?” We will be looking at the European Union’s response to the recession and proposed constitution; whether there is any worth in contesting elections and whether they have any relevance to today’s workplace struggles; and the politics of the No2EU election campaign backed by the RMT, Morning Star and Socialist Party.

 

Speakers include:

Peter Gowan: a New Left Review editorial board member

Andy Littlechild: an RMT (LuL) London Region activist

Mick Dooley: rank-and-file candidate for general secretary of the builders’ union UCATT.

 

The meeting takes place from 7pm at the Lucas Arms, near King’s Cross on Monday 20th April.

 

Email uncaptiveminds@gmail.com for more info.

 

The Commune issue no.4 is out now and available on-line at: http://www.thecommune.co.uk

 

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