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EuroMemo Group Conference 2019

This year’s EuroMemo Group conference was jointly hosted with the Paris University 13 and took place on 26-28 September 2019.

The conference was dedicated to the topic "A Green New Deal for Europe - Opportunities and Challenges". Against the background of the deepening climate and environmental crisis, this year’s conference particularly addressed the need for socio-ecological transformation in Europe and critically discussed related policy proposals, in particular the Green New Deal.

The plenary presentations and presented papers can be found at the conference website.

The EuroMemorandum 2020 will be based on the outcomes of the conference and will be published at the beginning of next year.



Discussion Paper No. 01/2019

The EuroMemo Group is happy to announce the EuroMemo Group Discussion Paper No. 01/2019 The '4th wave of industrial revolution' - a promise blind to social consequences, power and ecological impact in the era of 'digital capitalism', authored by Birgit Mahnkopf, professor emeritus of European Politics at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and member of the Institute for International Political Economy Berlin.

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.



EuroMemorandum 2019: Prospects for a popular political economy in Europe

Find the document here

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.

More than 200 economists and social scientists from all over Europe and beyond have expressed their support for the EuroMemorandum 2019. More details and the full document can be found here.



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.



Elmar Altvater died

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

Obituary



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 2019

Prospects for a popular political economy in Europe

 

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