Marica Frangakis: The Multiple Meanings of EU Exit and Their Implications for the Future of Europe

A significant change has taken place in the EU state of affairs in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, which morphed into a debt crisis in the Eurozone. What was thus far unthinkable became a possibility.  The exit of a member state from the Union came to be contemplated, speculated and acted upon. More 

The slides:

Kees van der Pijl: Democratic Capitalism in the Last Stages? Capital as Agency in Wolfgang Streeck’s Analysis of the Crisis

Wolfgang Streeck’s Gekaufte Zeit/ Buying Time contains a compelling analysis that points to the origins of the current crisis in the wave of strikes of 1968-69. It caused the capitalist class to try and wrest free from the post-war social (-democratic) contract forced on it by labour. More

Mathis Heinrich: The ECB and the Crises of the Eurozone

The European Central Bank (ECB) used to be a porotype of a politically, personally and financially independent institution with a strong ordo-liberal mandate. It duties were primarily focused on monetary stability, while others aspects such as financial issues More

Erika Feyerabend: The Science Issue – Reproduction Medicine or the Extension of the Zone of Exploitation 

Issues like reproduction medicine (and the kind of tourism linked to it), the practice of making use of „egg cell donors“ or of „surrogate mothers“ are commonly seen as a bio-ethical challenge. Then there is talk about „values“ More

Judith Dellheim: (Again) On Capitalist Oligarchies

We can find such terms like „groups of elites“ or „ruling capital fractions“ in some posts on this blog. And reviewing the blogs for/of the previous EUexperts’ discussions, two remarks seem to be helpful: 1. the time, when the concept More

Frieder Otto Wolf: How to Use the Present Crisis for Fighting for a Constitutional Process of the European Union

The European Union is an institutionalized association of member states which is functioning as a central element of the present global political and economical constellation of powers. Like this present constellation of powers on a global scale the EU is a structure of domination in which the capital groups More

Leonidas Vatikiotis: Answers on the Workshop Questions

In a few words, everything has changed. Given that in Greece, the GDP has decreased more than 26% (something that has never happened again during peace period) and is going to decrease even more during 2016, the crisis has been proven to be the most significant turning point in the postwar period. More