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LESSONS FROM GREECE: CRISIS OF THE ECONOMY AND THE LEFT RESPONSE

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23, 2015

6:30-9:30 PM

Westside Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd., near Venice Blvd. (free parking in rear)

Suite 101-102, press #22 at door to get into building

Culver City (LA area)

 

SPEAKERS:

Ali Kiani, Iranian Marxist activist and translator

With a comment by Hamid A., environmental and anti-racist activist

 

Having experienced the harshest type of capitalist austerity, which has featured depression level unemployment, the Greek people voted first for the anti-austerity leftist Syriza Party, which includes several Marxists among its leaders.  Then, in July, they voted overwhelmingly in a referendum to support Syriza in its determination not to bow to further austerity measures from the country’s international creditors.  In response, the creditors, led by Germany, seemed to want to make an example of this small country that had dared to challenge austerity from the left.  The creditor nations doubled down, threatening Greece with banishment from the Eurozone and even worse economic privation.  In response to these threats, which even the US seemed to consider excessive, Syriza’s leadership agreed to the very austerity measures the referendum vote had opposed a few days before. Syriza is splitting, but its majority has now voted to support austerity. What is the meaning of these events for Greece, for global capitalism, for the struggle to abolish it, and for the left?

Suggested readings (all from IMHO site):

“Two Strands in Syriza, the Euro, and the Dictatorship Of Capital” — by Karel Ludenhoff

“Syriza’s Stormy Greek Spring” — by David Black

“Further Reflections on Yanis Varoufakis’s ‘Erratic Marxism'” — by Karel Ludenhoff

“From the Economic Crisis to the Transcendence of Capital” — by Peter Hudis

 

Sponsored by the West Coast Chapter, International Marxist-Humanist Organization

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Crisis in Ukraine

Crisis in Ukraine

CRISES AND RESISTANCE IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

Debatte Conference

November 2014

Call for Papers

The year 2014 marks twenty-five years since the end of Communism in Central-Eastern Europe (CEE) and ten years after the enlargement of the European Union into the region. To mark this event Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe is planning to hold a conference on 22-23 November at Warsaw University entitled ‘Crises and Resistance in Central and Eastern Europe’.

These anniversaries are significant landmarks in the history of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the continent as a whole. However, even more importantly, they occur during a time of intense economic and political difficulties in Europe. The economic crisis has brought a prolonged economic downturn that has worsened the living standards of its populations and brought political uncertainty and instability. The crisis has hit CEE particularly hard, shaking the neo-liberal economic model that has dominated over the past quarter of a century, and s parking a wave of instability as well as resistance that has spread throughout the region. The most notable events have taken place in Ukraine from November 2013 onwards but we have also seen significant unrest in countries like Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Bosnia-Herzegovina among others. On the other hand, in some countries such as Poland and the Baltic States neo-liberal commentators have claimed that a relatively strong economic recovery has taken place which shows the strength of the region’s economic model

It is in this context that we have planned this conference and invite anyone interested in participating to submit a paper or a proposal for a session. Debatte is a journal published by Taylor and Francis that seeks a radical critical analysis that is sympathetic to democratic, labour, feminist and ecologist movements in CEE.  In 2009 we organised a successful conference in London on the twentieth anniversary of the fall of Communism. We ho pe our 2014 event will provide a forum for bringing academics and activists together to discuss the current economic and political climate in the region, look at how progressive social and political movements are responding to it and map out alternatives to the neo-liberal order.

Among the areas that we plan to discuss at the conference are:

  • Economic crisis and alternatives
  • The role of social movements in the region
  • Gender and feminism
  • Historical politics
  • Migration, multi-culturalism and the struggle against racism and the far-right
  • The nature of left parties in the region
  • Ecology and the environment
  • Welfare and poverty
  • Education
  • Health
  • Ten years of European Union membership
  • The balance sheet of the transition from Communism
  • Culture
    The geo-political context of Central and Eastern Europe.

 

The conference will consist of two plenary sessions together with a series of workshops held in parallel. If you would like to propose a panel or offer a paper for a workshop then please contact debatteconference@yahoo.co.uk as soon as possible.

Proposals for panels and abstracts of proposed papers must be received by 1 July 2014. Abstracts should be 300 words or less. When sending an abstract or proposal please include an e-mail address for correspondence.

We plan to publish at least one special issue of Debatte based on papers presented at the conference. If you would like your paper to be considered for publication in the journal please submit a full draft by 1 October 2014

The languages of the conference will be English and Polish and we will be arranging translation between these two languages at the conference. Abstracts and papers should be submitted in one of these two languages.

We want the conference to be accessible to as many scholars and activists as possible from the region. The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, which is supporting the conference, has provided funds to help with travel and accommodation costs specifically for those coming to the conference from Central and Eastern Europe (including Poland apart from Warsaw itself). These funds are limited and will be allocated on the basis of need. If you would like to apply for help with such costs then please do let us know at the address above.

Admission to the conference will be free but we will be asking those with institutional support to pay a fee of £80

Further information about the conference can be found on the Debatte web-site at http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/pgas/debatte-conference-cfp

 

First published in http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/call-for-papers-debatte-conference-on-crises-and-resistance-in-central-and-eastern-europe2019-warsaw-november-2014

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Global Economy

Global Economy

THE 26th ANNUAL EAEPE CONFERENCE 2014

Unemployment and Austerity in Mediterranean European Countries

Nicosia, Cyprus

6-8 November 2014

First Call for Papers

The 26th Annual EAEPE Conference 2014 will take place in Nicosia on November 6,7 and 8. Its central theme will be devoted to assessments and policy debates on the current unemployment situation in Europe, in particular in the Mediterranean countries of Europe. It will be located in a wonderful Mediterranean country, Cyprus, in the City of Nicosia, at the Cyprus University.

For the past 7 years most of the European economies have experienced severe economic crisis, stagnation and recession, initialized by the financial crash of 2007. In Mediterranean economies the crisis got exacerbated by the crisis of sovereign debt in general and by austerity programmes in particular.  Unemployment levels have reached double digits on average in the European Union and shattering high levels in the South of Europe. Moreover, cuts (due to austerity restrictions) in welfare expenditure, in public employment as well as in the wage level have worsened living conditions of people dramatically. The Greek crisis (emerging in May 2010) has indicated that EU member states are more concerned with their own national budgeting issues than real EU integration, exposing them unnecessarily in times of crisis. Conversely, the lack of institutional coordination and fiscal solidarity had a severe macroeconomic impact. Especially the public discourse about European imbalances is used rhetorically as “a problem of laziness against effort” such as “Mediterranean corruption against Northern European integrity”, outplaying member states on purpose. The other side of the same coin are excessive export surpluses of a few, gained through real wage reductions over more than a decade, an issue in the “European Semester”.

At this conference we want to look at the real problems behind the deficit-surplus rhetoric within the EU, which we address as: the lack of deeper integration, the imperfections of the single market and the lack of appropriate multi-level governance and policy crafting institutions able to cope with the crisis. In this broad perspective we invite creative contributions going beyond wage-dumping excessive export-surplus solutions (Germany), compare the current case of the EU commission against Germany. Obviously such perspectives need to envision a monetary union with a real economic and social integration, making it politically substantial in contrast to a mere neoliberal and monetarist ideological construction. The 26th Annual EAEPE Conference 2014 will be a platform for exchanging ideas and results in both theoretical and empirical research. It will debate proper policies and institutions able to cope with the crisis proposing a viable way out beyond austerity in Europe.

The opening address of the conference will be given by 2010 Nobel Prize Laureate Prof. Sir Christopher Pissarides. All scholars are invited to submit their contribution on the conference theme of this year, or on usual topics covered by EAEPE’s research areas. Abstracts must be submitted electronically either on the conference theme or to a specific RA with 300-750 words.  Authors are also invited to propose special sessions (4 abstracts), in this case contact EAEPE directly. Additionally we will organize PhD special sessions.

Conference Fees

Early registration (before 1 October 2014): 190€

Late Registration (2 October 2014 till conference): 240€

Reduced fee (for scholars from Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Eastern Europe and Turkey) on application to Pasquale Tridico: 100€ Conference fees are waived for PhD students.

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 30 May 2014

Notification of acceptance: 20 June2014

Full paper submission deadline: 1 October 2014

Local Organizer Team

For any information on the conference, please contact the local organizers Prof. Savvas Katsikides and Ms Georgia Yiangou from the University of Cyprus.

Scientific Committee

Savvas Katsikides (chair); Wolfram Elsner, David Gindis, Hardy Hanappi, Dany Lang, Georgios Liagouras,  John Marangos, Dimitri Milonakis, Pascal Petit,  Pasquale Tridico

Go to Abstract Submission

Download 1st Call for Papers

 

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Costas Lapavitsas

CRISIS IN THE EUROZONE

Crisis in the Eurozone – A new book edited by Costas Lapavitsas

http://www.versobooks.com/books/1155-crisis-in-the-eurozone

The renowned Research on Money and Finance (RMF) group present a searing critique of the neoliberal nature of the Eurozone and ruthlessly dissect the roots of the current financial turmoil and the European debt crisis. Lead author Costas Lapavitsas and his co-authors argue that European austerity is contradictory because it leads to recession, and worsens the burden of debt, further imperilling banks and the monetary union itself. The analysis suggests that impoverished states would be wise to quit the Euro and pursue debtor-led, sovereign and democratic default that would lead to deep cancellation of debt. The authors envisage a restructuring relying on the forces of organized labor and civil society, drawing on the theoretical tradition of political economy and heterodox economics, and treading a careful path between declining Europeanism and nascent nationalism. 

‘This book is indispensable for anyone trying to make sense of the European Union’s implosion.’ — Alex Callinicos, Professor of European Studies, King’s College London

 

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We Are the Crisis

We Are the Crisis

THE SUBVERSIVE FORUM: ‘THE FUTURE OF EUROPE’

ZAGREB, CROATIA, MAY 13-19, 2012

Under the umbrella of Subversive Forum a number of events will take place in May 2012 in the Croatian capital, including an international conference dedicated to the main theme The Future of Europe, numerous debates The Crisis of Europe (May 14-15), The Struggle for the Commons (May 16) and Towards the Balkan Social Forum (May 17-18), the Subversive book fair and, during the introductory week (May 5-12), the 5th Subversive Film Festival.

It is no news that the European Union is facing its biggest crisis since it was created. It is at the same time an economic, financial, social and ideological crisis of this project. Across the continent, instead of solidarity we are witnessing a resurgence of national selfishness, the rise of extreme right, intolerance, and racism. The Mediterranean countries who have been hit the hardest by the crisis show us also a possible response to it: the appearance of strong social movements demanding social justice, a different economic model, and direct democracy. Almost everywhere we see the youth on the streets, in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Romania, but also in the future EU member: Croatia.

Through a critical examination ofEurope’s current crisis, the Subversive Forum will try to outline realistic possibilities for its transformation and the creation of another political, social and economic project across the Old Continent. The keynote speakers include Stéphane Hessel, Michael Hardt, Tariq Ali, Gayatri Spivak, Slavoj Zizek, Saskia Sassen, Christian Marazzi, Samir Amin, Bernard Cassen, Ignatio Ramonet, Eric Touissant, Costas Douzinas, Renata Salecl, and more than 100 participants from 20 different European, African and Asian countries. For one week in May,Zagreb, the town placed almost exactly on the EU’s shifting border, will become both a center of the world’s critical thought and a laboratory of possible political, social and economic alternatives.

The Subversive Forum is endorsed by the World Social Forum.

For more information: www.subversiveforum.com

Contact: info@subversiveforum.com

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Eurozone Crisis

Eurozone Crisis

EUROPE IN CRISIS

PERG Workshop – Europe in Crisis

Thursday, 19 April, 9.30 -17.00

JG 1008 (John Galsworthy building), Kingston University, Penrhyn Road

Europeis in a crisis. An international financial crisis has laid bare the fundamental flaws in the construction of the European economic policy regime. Monetary integration without fiscal and social integration has not only resulted in a mediocre economic performance, falling wage share and persistent imbalances, but has also left the peripheral countries without protection against the crisis. Rather than using fiscal policy to counteract a Great Depression in the European South, fiscal policies are firmly put into austerity mode. If the subprime financial crisis was not sufficient to lead to a new Great Depression, austerity might do so. The workshop will discuss the causes of the crisis in Europe, the present economic policy and strategies to deal with the crisis, and progressive alternatives forEurope.

9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Introduction

10.00-12.00 Roots of the crisis

–         E. Stockhammer, Kingston University: Rebalancing the Euro area: inflationary or depressive

–         D. Gabor, University of West England: The Missing Link: European bank funding strategies and ECB’s crisis policies

–         J. Grahl, Middlesex University: The First European Semester: an incoherent strategy.

12.00-13.20 Lunch

13.20 -15.20 EU Economic Policy

–         T van Treeck, IMK: Reducing Economic Imbalances in the Euro Area: Some Remarks on the Current Stability Programs

–         J Weeks, SOAS: Crisis Scams in Italy, Spain and the UK: Triumph of Ideology over Reality

–         T. Evans, Berlin School of Economics and Law: The crisis in the euro area

15.40-17.00 Progressive strategies for Europe

–         D. Sotiropoulos, Kingston University: The fundamental problem of Euro zone and the problem with ‘fundamentals’: an alternative (Marxian) approach to European economic policy context

–         R. Hyman, LSE, and R. Gumbrell-McCormick, Birkbeck: European Trade Unions: Responses to the Crisis

 

Political Economy Research Group (PERG)

The Political Economy approach highlights the role of effective demand, institutions and social conflict in economic analysis and thereby builds on Austrian, Institutionalist, Keynesian and Marxist traditions. Economic processes are perceived to be embedded in social relations that must be analysed in the context of historical considerations, power relations and social norms. As a consequence, a broad range of methodological approaches is employed, and cooperation with other disciplines, including history, law, sociology and other social sciences, is necessary. (http://fass.kingston.ac.uk/research/perg )

MA Economics (Political Economy) at Kingston University

http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate/booklets/FASS/political-economy-MA.pdf

MA Politics, Philosophy, Economics at Kingston University

http://www.kingston.ac.uk/postgraduate/booklets/FASS/PoliticsPhilosophyEconomics.pdf

 

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Greek CrisisEUROPE AND THE GREEK CRISIS: DISASTER STRATEGY AND ALTERNATIVES

Is the Greek crisis a national pathology or the test case of the broader tendency affecting Europe and the EU as a whole?

What is the function of all the ‘rescue packages’ designed by the EU and the IMF since May 2010?

What are the results of the ‘shock therapy’ imposed on the country?

Are there alternatives, on a national and European level, to the current situation ?

 

A debate with:

Costas Lapavitsas, Professor, Department of Economics, SOAS

Stathis Kouvelakis, Reader, Department of European Studies, King’s College London

 

At: King’s College London, The Strand, Room K 3.11, Thursday March 8, 5 pm

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Capitalist Crisis

CAPITALIST CRISIS – LONDON CONFERENCE

Fundamentals of Political Economy – Weekend School, January 21-22

11am-5pm. Room 2b, University of London Union, Malet Street, London.  
£10 waged, £5 concessions.

Lots of time for questions and debate! All welcome!

MEETINGS INCLUDE:

Labour theory of value – Moshe Machover

Political economy and the state – Werner Bonefeld

Money and finance – Hillel Ticktin

Against Keynesianism – Mike Macnair

In 2008 the banks crashed. States round the world bailed them out by borrowing money. Inevitably, this did not get rid of the crisis but rather gradually transmuted it into a crisis of the creditworthiness of individual states: today the crisis of Eurozone state creditworthiness threatens a new bank melt-down (which may already have happened by the time of this weekend school).

The ‘solution’ demanded by governments and the media is austerity. Creditors – ‘savers’ – must not be made to accept the losses: the working class, both in and out of paid work, must do so. Predictably, the result is an economic downward spiral – as seen in Greece, but coming now to the rest of Europe.

The ‘Occupy’ movement has represented a cry of rage but not put forward a clear alternative. The broad left, including the far left, has committed itself to Keynesian ideas – that states should borrow more and spend more and hope by doing so to grow ‘their way out’ of the crisis.

Understanding the unfolding crisis and proposing real alternatives requires us to grasp Karl Marx’s critique of political economy. But while education in the basics of Marx’s ideas was commonplace on the far left in the 1970s, today it has withered away: there are academics and theorists who ‘do’ political economy, while left activists and groups ‘do’ only campaigns.

The Weekend School aims in a small way to contribute to beginning to overcome this gap in the education of the left. We are therefore seeking to address fundamentals rather than to tackle the analysis of the crisis directly.

This conference has been organized by the CPGB/‘Weekly Worker’ but it’s wide range of speakers makes it very interesting to anyone who wants to understand capitalism’s present crisis.

Go here for the full timetable: http://www.cpgb.org.uk/

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Karl Marx

THE EURO CRISIS AND THE CAPITALIST CRISIS – A MARXIST APPROACH

The Euro Crisis and the Capitalist Crisis – a Marxist Approach

A Critique Journal talk and discussion with Hillel Ticktin

Saturday 10 December, 3pm, rm 3A, University of London Union (ULU), Malet Street

 

The present Euro crisis is insoluble because it is a microcosm of the general crisis, which itself has no solution…

The ruling class has used finance capital/imperialism, world wars, Cold War-welfare state and finance capital again as modes of survival. Finance capital has now imploded, while the colonies are now politically if not economically independent, the Cold War is over and world war is no longer possible. The return to the welfare state without the Cold War and Stalinism would only be the first step to loss of control, as became evident in the 1970s…

There is no strategy available to the capitalist class which has any kind of realistic chance of success, other than going for the growth of productive industry, but the bourgeoisie is afraid that this will produce a return to the 1970s, with a powerful working class demanding concessions, and ultimately the supersession of the system…

Perhaps the greatest triumph of the Keynesians since the adoption of Bretton-Woods has been the recognition that their policies would work, but are so dangerous to capitalism itself that they have to be avoided at all costs…

It is almost as if the ruling class has decided to commit suicide. It is going for an economic policy which is at best utopian and at worst catastrophic. Austerity for the vast majority and increasing riches for the ruling class is only a viable policy under conditions where there is absolutely no challenge to the system…

No level of state repression, under the British prime minister’s name of ‘tough love’, against a recalcitrant population will alter the growing, though inchoate, demand for ‘regime change’ under conditions of growing inequality. The question is not whether there will be a powerful movement for the replacement of the market by a society rationally planned in the interests of the ordinary population, but how much longer it will take to develop. Marx’s spectre of communism is very much the ghostly presence feared by the wealthy and powerful, even if they do not understand what shape it will take.

Extracts from Critique’s December editorial (republished online in Weekly Worker no.892).

Other articles are available via Hillel Ticktin’s Wikipedia page.

 

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Eurozone Crisis

BREAKING UP? A ROUTE OUT OF THE EUROZONE CRISIS

Friday 9 December, 2011
Doors open at 6 pm; the panel will begin at 6.30 pm
Brunei Gallery Theatre, SOAS , WC1H 0XG

Join us for a timely and urgently needed discussion over the future of the eurozone, the possibility of exit, and what it will all mean for the people of Europe . Bringing together leading economists, political scientists and financial journalists, the discussion will play a critical role in setting the terms of the debate for the tumultuous period that lies ahead.

The panel includes:
Costas Lapavitsas, professor, department of economics, SOAS, and lead author of a series of groundbreaking reports on the eurozone crisis from the Research on Money and Finance network.
George Irvin, professor, department of development studies, SOAS, and author of ‘Super Rich: the Growth of Inequality in Britain and the United States ‘.
Paul Mason, BBC economics editor and author of ‘Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed’.
Stathis Kouvelakis, reader in political theory, King’s College London.

The panel will be chaired by Seamus Milne, associate editor at The Guardian.

Please register your participation (see link below or visit the RMF website) and arrive as early as possible.

Read the latest RMF report on the eurozone crisis: http://www.researchonmoneyandfinance.org 
Register: https://docs.google.com/a/soas.ac.uk/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dDRpWjBGaXNhTmxyb3lLUUFQdnRvcmc6MA

Jeff Powell
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
University of London
+44 (0)7817184435

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The latest report by the Research on Money and Finance (RMF) group on the eurozone crisis, entitled Breaking Up? A Route Out of the Eurozone Crisis, is now available at http://www.researchonmoneyandfinance.org
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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales)  

 

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Debt 3

LONDON PREMIERE OF ‘DEBTOCRACY’

… The documentary which captured the start of a revolution!
Tuesday, 5 July, 6pm
Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London
Hosted by Research on Money and Finance Group : www.researchonmoneyandfinance.org 

“… the samizdat of Greek debt” – The Guardian

Downloaded by millions of citizens in Greece and across Europe, ‘Debtocracy’ is spreading like wildfire.  The film seeks the causes of the debt crisis and proposes solutions – solutions hidden by the governments of Europe and the dominant media.  This is a unique opportunity to see the film, and to participate in a discussion with the filmmakers and other experts on the crisis.

– Aris Chatzistefanou, Director of Debtocracy
– Costas Lapavitsas, Professor of Economics, SOAS
– Andrew Burgin, Coalition of Resistance
Chaired by: Nick Dearden, Jubilee Debt Campaign

Entry will be on a first-come first-serve basis as space allows.  Entry is free, but the organisers will be asking for contributions to assist in covering the travel costs of the filmmakers.

Read a Red Pepper interview with director Aris Chatzistefanou:
http://www.redpepper.org.uk/greece-no-tahrir-here/ 

Read a Guardian comment by Costas Lapavitsas on the Greek crisis: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jun/21/greek-exit-strategy-bailout-default

For directions: http://www.soas.ac.uk/gallery/
For more on the film:  http://www.debtocracy.gr/indexen.html

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Austerity

17th WORKSHOP ON ALTERNATIVE ECONOMIC POLICY IN EUROPE

Call for Papers for the annual conference of the EuroMemo Group in September 2011 in Vienna
Working Group of European Economists for an Alternative Economic Policy in Europe

Call for Papers for the 17th Workshop on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe:
European Integration at the Crossroads: Deepening or Disintegration?
16-18 September 2011 at the C3-Center for International Development in Vienna/Austria

Dear colleagues
This year’s EuroMemo Group conference will be held in Vienna from 16-18 September 2011.
The conference will open on the afternoon of Friday, 16 September with the customary plenary on the State of theUnion.

We are pleased to announce the two key speakers:
The Political State of the Union, Birgit Mahnkopf (Berlin School of Economics and Law)
The Economic State of the Union, Ozlem Onaran (Middlesex University, London)

We would like to invite you to attend the conference and to submit proposals for papers for one of the four workshops shown below. These should address the key themes of EU policy in each area.

Workshop 1: Austerity policies – Coordinator: Marica Frangakis

Austerity policies are being imposed in a number of EU member states, most notably in the euro area periphery and in Central and Eastern Europe. This workshop aims to examine developments in specific countries, giving special emphasis to the degradation of social protection systems and of labour market institutions, and the implications for youth unemployment and the organization of old-age security.

Workshop 2: The future of the eurozone – Coordinator: Trevor Evans

Developments of the past year raise the danger of a disintegration of the eurozone.  As some members states struggle to deal with rising levels of public and private debt, the EU has promoted new governance measures that look set to exacerbate the situation. Contributions are invited that address macroeconomic imbalances, debt and the banking crisis, monetary policy and the role of the ECB, the European Stability Mechanism, and the Pact for the Euro.
Workshop 3: The EU and the world – Coordinator: Werner Raza
Developments in neighbouring Mediterranean countries highlight just one of the international challenges faced by the EU. This workshop seeks papers that address the issues of migration, trade policy, EU development policies, as well as, more generally, the role of the EU in global governance, in particular the G20.

Workshop 4: Energy, climate change and sustainability, after Fukushima– Coord.: Frieder O. Wolf
The crisis in Japan dramatically focused public attention on the pressing urgency for a fundamental change in energy policy. Papers are invited that will address the challenge of developing policies that promote social, economic and environmental sustainability.

Proposals for papers together with a short abstract (maximum 250 words) should be submitted by 30 June. If accepted, completed papers should be submitted by 1 September.

If you would like to participate in the workshop, please copy the registration form below into an email and reply by the 30 June 2011 to euromemo@uni-bremen.de indicating:
– that you would like to participate and
– whether you wish to offer a paper for one of the workshops.

Please note that there will be a conference fee collected at the venue (20 Euro / 10 Euro for students).

The C3-Center for International Development http://www.centrum3.at/start_en.htm is located in the centre of Vienna, close to the “Altes AKH”-campus of the University of Vienna. Information sheets with details about travel arrangements and hotel bookings are attached. A contingent of rooms has been reserved at three hotels in Vienna. Please use the attached form to make your own bookings. Please be aware that early booking is strongly recommended to secure a room at one of the hotels.

We look forward to seeing you in Vienna!
Best wishes,
for the EuroMemo Group

Werner Raza, Wlodzimierz Dymarski, Miren Etxezarreta, Trevor Evans, Marica Frangakis, John Grahl, Jacques Mazier, Mahmood Messkoub, Catherine Sifakis, Frieder Otto Wolf, Diana Wehlau

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Registration form for the 17th Workshop on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe
(please reply to euromemo@uni-bremen.de by 30 June 2011)
Yes, I intend to participate in the 17th Workshop on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe
(16-18 September 2010 in Vienna)

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Yes, I wish  to contribute a paper

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