European Economists for an Alternative Economic Policy in Europe

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Call for support - EuroMemorandum 2019: Prospects for a popular political economy in Europe

As in previous years the EuroMemorandum 2019 critically analyses recent economic developments in Europe. In the Euro area, economic developments since the crisis have been marked by a deepening productive divergence between the Northern countries and those in the South, with France balanced somewhere between the two. The protracted levels of high unemployment in some countries, together with the growing prevalence of low-wage jobs and insecure patterns of employment, have contributed to rising social discontent in many Euro area states. This has been accompanied by rising support for right-wing nationalist parties in a number of countries, many of which are hostile to the Euro and even to the EU.

Against the background of the increasing influence of right-wing nationalist and populist forces, this EuroMemorandum aims to contribute to the development of a progressive economic policy for Europe. More than ever, it is necessary to reconstruct the project of political integration in Europe in a way which is responsive to the economic and social needs of the great majority of men and women and the ecological needs of the planet. In particular it is necessary to address the needs of those who have been negatively affected by the impact of the protracted crisis which began in 2007-08: the workers faced with intensified workloads, the rising numbers in precarious employment, the unemployed, migrants and other vulnerable groups. It is in this sense, that we argue in favour of a popular political economy for Europe.

The EuroMemorandum 2019 will be published together with a list of signatories. If you wish to have the opportunity to receive the full document and to support the new EuroMemorandum please send an e-mail to

EuroMemo Group Conference 2018

This year's conference was dedicated to the question '10 years into the crisis - What prospects for a popular political economy in Europe?' and took place on 27-29 September 2018 at the University of Helsinki.

Against the background of an increasingly alarming influence of right-wing nationalist and populist forces, the conference wanted to facilitate discussion on progressive ideas, concepts and policies, on how to reconstruct a political integration project in Europe that is responsive to the economic and social needs of all groups and people affected by the severe economic crisis of the last ten years, and in particular of workers, the unemployed, the precariat, migrants and other vulnerable groups, also in a gender perspective.

Please visit the conference website for more details and the programme.

We mourn Gunter Quaißer (1963 - 2018)

After a long illness Gunter Quaißer died on July 23rd, 2018. A long-standing coordinator of the German Memo Group (Arbeitsgruppe Alternative Wirtschaftspolitik e.V.), he was a strong supporter of the EuroMemo Group.

We have lost a valuable friend.

Discussion Paper No. 01/2018

The EuroMemo Group is happy to announce the EuroMemo Group Discussion Paper No. 01/2018 Globalisation, inequality and the future of democracy, authored by Werner Raza, member of the Steering Committee of the EuroMemo Group.

The Discussion Paper Series is intended to open up discussions on currently relevant economic, political and social issues in the European Union that are controversially debated within the left. Scientists, including young scholars and students, are invited to make critical contributions.

More information and previous issues can be found here.

Elmar Altvater died

The EuroMemo Group grieves for Elmar Altvater, an exemplary scholar, tireless activist and beautiful person.


EuroMemorandum 2018: Can the EU still be saved? The implications of a multi-speed Europe

Find the document here

Nearly ten years into the crisis, after the EU opted for austerity and deregulation, the member states are still looking for the way out. The repercussions include the rise of ultra-right wing political forces across Europe which feeds into the anti-European popular sentiment they cultivate. Exiting the EU has been gaining ground and will soon be the case for Britain. This represents a turning point in the history of the EU, against an 'ever closer union'.

Can the EU still be saved? This is a difficult question indeed. The White Paper on the Future of Europe produced by the European Commission details five scenarios. However, these tend to overlook inherent tensions in Europe, e.g. heightened insecurity relating to labour markets, the role of finance in the post-crisis era, and the rise of a subaltern class across Europe. The EuroMemorandum 2018 critically analyses recent developments in Europe and emphasises the strong need for alternative policies. The economic system imposed in the aftermath of the crisis must be changed through a shared European process. The future of European integration will depend on the deepening of democracy in the interests of stability, solidarity and social justice.

Almost 250 economists and social scientists from all over Europe and beyond have expressed their support for the EuroMemorandum 2018. More details and the full document can be found here.

EuroMemo Group supports a NO vote in the Greek referendum

The decision of the Greek government to call for a referendum after the collapse of the negotiations with the European and international institutions gives the Greek people the opportunity to reject the blackmail they are facing. Voting for NO is a vote against austerity and fear, a vote for democracy, dignity and sovereignty in Europe. At the same time, it is a vote defending the rights of the European people and the future of Europe.

declaration of support

Book publication - The Deepening Crisis of the European Union: The Case for Radical Change

In relation to the 18th EuroMemo Group Conference in Poznan, Poland, the Poznan University of Economics published the book 'The Deepening Crisis of the European Union: The Case for Radical Change'. It was edited by Włodzimierz Dymarski, Marica Frangakis and Jeremy Leaman of the EuroMemo Group. More information can be found here.

European Progressive Economists Network

A new network has been set up to strengthen the interchange of analysis and information between groups of progressive economists in Europe. The European Progressive Economists Network was launched by the EuroMemo Group, Economistes Atterrés from France, Sbilanciamoci! from Italy, and Another Road for Europe at the Florence 10+10 Forum on 9-11 November 2012. The new network is also supported by Econosphères from Belgium, Econonuestra from Spain, the Transnational Institute, the Critical Political Economy Network, and Transform!

The initial statement is available in English, French, Italian and German.

Solidarity against Austerity

The EuroMemo Group declares its solidarity with the peoples of Greece, Spain and Portugal mobilizing against a so-called European policy imposed against their own elementary interests. (declaration of solidarity)


EuroMemorandum 2018

Can the EU still be saved? The implications of a multi-speed Europe


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