Progressives must retain our pro-EU stance

Ivana Bartoletti  |  15 July 2015

The Greek deal is a bad one. We really need to understand how serious the situation is. By ‘we’ I mean committed pro-Europeans: people, like me, who strongly believe Britain’s place is at the heart of the European Union. Let us think about what happened in Greece, and how it all started. As Mariana Mazzucato …

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Patience is in short supply and populism reigns

Petros Fassoulas  |  27 January 2015

By the time the polls across Greece closed, the Greeks had comprehensibly given their verdict on the economic policies applied over the last few years and the political elites that ruled the country since the mid-1970s. It was an overwhelming rejection of the past, with the centre-left and centre-right parties that governed Greece for the …

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The party of the mainstream

Gurjinder Dhaliwal  |  10 December 2014

The only poll that will really matter, Chuka Umunna said rightly at last night’s In Conversation With event chaired by John Rentoul, is the way in which people vote on 7 May 2015. With less than six months to go until the general election, the shadow secretary of state for business laid out a convincing …

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Saving a broken euro

Joseph Stiglitz  |  18 July 2014

As we survey the damage from the years of crisis and recession in Europe that finally seems to be ebbing, there is a sigh of relief that the eurozone has not fallen apart. But the return to growth is a far cry from a return to prosperity. At the current pace of ‘recovery,’ no return …

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Wanted: Strong leadership for Europe

Renaud Thillaye  |  6 June 2014

‘We are not short of ideas – what is missing is the political will’. These words, by European Commission vice-president Joaquín Almunia, captured perfectly the mood at yesterday’s Policy Network conference on the aftermath of the European elections. More than by just populist stress, the European Union is afflicted by a crisis of leadership. Matteo …

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Reform in a time of crisis

Alan Donnelly  |  27 November 2013

Beyond the issue of membership itself, Brits with an interest in Europe should turn our attention to meaningful reform of an embattled European Union. Others are doing so: this month’s Occasional Paper in the Social Europe Journal, ‘We need a Europe that is truly social and democratic’, is idealistic, radical, and far-reaching and penned by …

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The future’s European

Anthony Giddens  |  13 November 2013

Labour must understand the way Europe is heading —I have serious reservations about the ‘One Nation’ tag that Labour has filched from the Conservatives and nailed to its masthead. It is too inward-looking and parochial. We are living through one of the most extraordinary periods of history – bar none – in which the internet …

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The limits of eurozone integration and its consequences

Renaud Thillaye  |  29 July 2013

The British debate on the European Union takes further integration in the euro area for granted. As the mantra goes, the sovereign debt crisis has shown that the euro set-up was ill-planned from the outset and that a federal ‘leap forward’ is necessary. Yet talk about integration in the eurozone is misleading. Recent reforms of …

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Harried on Europe

Adam Harrison  |  16 January 2013

Who won? David Cameron struggled today under assault over Europe by Ed Miliband’s harrying by Labour and SDLP MPs on the same subject throughout the half-hour. The prime minister did his best to deflect the attacks by referring regularly to the ‘national interest’ (helpfully still unspecified) and even by arguing that the other EU member …

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Have we now met the ‘five tests’?

Kitty Ussher  |  13 September 2012

What happened to €urogeddon? If you were to believe the collective hysteria of the UK media a few months back, then surely the euro should’ve collapsed by now, or at least been subject to a few ignominious exits. Those of us who pointed out (including, dare I say, yours truly) that there was little prospect …

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