Today tens of thousands of trade unionists marched in Brussels and other European capitals to say ‘No’ to austerity and to call for policies for growth and jobs. On the very same day the European Commission has presented new proposals that are supposed to strengthen economic governance, but whose main thrust is to constrain member [...]
It is a popular event in national politics to have readers of a blog or newspaper vote on the most influential political thinkers. We thought it is about time that we replicated this on the European level. So here it is! We will run a vote on the most influential left-of-centre European thinkers. But please [...]
One of the most interesting aspects of Tony Blair’s memoirs is not his surprise about the fact that the party he used to head is still the Labour Party. It’s not even his admission that he thought Gordon Brown’s policies would be bad for the UK, and that the Tories have a better approach towards [...]
The German conservative-liberal government is running into more trouble. Apart form the controversial decision to prolong the lifecycle of the country’s nuclear power plants, the constitutional court has ruled that the level of basic benefits (Hartz IV) is unconstitutional as it does not guarantee a “dignified human existence”. The court ruled that by 2011 there [...]
One of the first important decisions for the new Labour leader Ed Miliband will be the setting up of the Shadow Cabinet once the PLP has voted next week. One contender who has made a very strong pitch for the job as Shadow Chancellor is Ed’s former leadership rival Ed Balls. The new leader announced [...]
I have always been a fan of Robert Reich’s books and his latest work promises to be an interesting read too!
Some years ago a British Rail official responded to complaints that a smattering of snow had brought parts of the UK rail network to a grinding halt by insisting that what had fallen had been the ‘wrong sort of snow’. The ridicule this caused is not hard to imagine. Yet I was reminded of this [...]