Along with many others I believed that the economic and financial crisis that manifested itself in 2008 and 2009, however great the hardship it immediately caused, would usher in a more progressive politics across Europe. This proved overoptimistic, however. Instead Europe was swept by a new wave of neoliberalism that, far from being cowed by [...]
The populist-conservative zeitgeist, which tends to cast a spell over large swathes of the electorate in today’s Europe, may act as a common enemy for a progressive concentration of forces. Reports about the state of the European Left tend to be rather gloomy and depressing; no laughing material to cheer people up. But from the [...]
Europe has come to praise democracy and is about to bury it. The Greek crisis, caused by the uncooperative behaviour of different nation states, has been a wake-up call showing that monetary union without an economic government will not work in the long run. Reforms are needed. Yet, because they widen the democratic deficit, the [...]
For social democrats, the decline from parties that regularly poll over 40% and dominate the left-wing of the political spectrum to 20-30% parties that uneasily cohabit with a mix of green and far-left upstarts has been marked. And it has been one of struggle, too: the intra-left contest has often been as intense as the [...]
Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone shares his thoughts on the state of the European Left and the Good Society in a Videoblog for Social Europe Journal.
Social democrats must find a new common language, and learn how to work with new social constituencies. Any serious discussion of the future of social democracy needs to assess the recent historical fortunes of social-democratic parties in government across Europe as a whole, as well as the enduring credibility of its key ideas. What can [...]
Sweden’s Social Democrats are still an inspiration for the rest of the European left. The Swedish Social Democrats were the most successful left-wing party in the last century, not only in the longevity of their years in government but also in their ideology and programmes. At their conference this autumn in Stockholm the leadership produced [...]