Left Bloc’s Political Motion and the Struggle Against Austerity

By Hugo Monteiro | 23 May 16 | Portuguese politics is in limbo. The good news is that this limbo, the thin ice on which this agreement is skating, also presents an opportunity to engage in clear and clean politics with room for actual negotiation. The bad news for the right wing and its allies … More Left Bloc’s Political Motion and the Struggle Against Austerity

Contesting Capitalism in the Eurozone

In light of the new Syriza government’s difficult struggle against the German dominated institutions of the Eurozone, I’ve revisited a little known book published ten years ago by political scientist Richard Dunphy called Contesting Capitalism? Left Parties and European Integration (Manchester University Press, 2004). In the book, Dunphy charts out the trajectory of the European Far … More Contesting Capitalism in the Eurozone

The left needs a progressive Euroscepticism to counter the EU’s ills | Costas Lapavitsas | Comment is free | theguardian.com

The left needs a progressive Euroscepticism to counter the EU’s ills | Costas Lapavitsas | Comment is free | theguardian.com. Frustration is currently sweeping Europe and for good reason: persistent unemployment, inequality, weak growth and a pervasive sense of powerlessness, to name a few. Unfortunately, the main political beneficiary is likely to be the Eurosceptic … More The left needs a progressive Euroscepticism to counter the EU’s ills | Costas Lapavitsas | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Norwegian voting patterns are a warning to leftwing parties elsewhere

Henning Finseraas and Kåre Vernby  Low levels of citizen participation in politics have long been seen as a serious democratic problem, and a possible relationship between turnout and election outcomes is a prominent topic of discussion in political science. The most frequent claim is that left-of-centre parties benefit from higher levels of turnout since many of them … More Norwegian voting patterns are a warning to leftwing parties elsewhere

What now for the German SPD?

Check out @SocialEurope’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/SocialEurope/status/383374841187139584 he result of the German election 2013 was noteworthy in many respects and will produce aftershocks for years to come. A close look at the numbers suggests that all parties apart from the CDU/CSU are facing structural problems. The Green party as well as Die Linke have suffered significant losses … More What now for the German SPD?