In 1945 Karl Polanyi outlined a vision of a peacetime global state system with a political economy in which small countries could be both sovereign and democratic. The present essay reviews developments between then and now in the light of Polanyi’s analytical framework. Particular attention is paid to the history of the European Union, which after the end of Communism turned into a mainstay of the neoliberal project, culminating in its restoration of an international gold standard under Monetary Union. In the crisis of 2008 the advance of neoliberalism got stuck due to “populist” resistance to austerity and the shift of governance from the national to a supranational level. The paper explores the prospects of current attempts to replace the “Social Europe” and “trickle-down” narratives of European superstate formation, which have lost all credit, with a story about a European army as a necessary condition of a successful defence of “the European way of life”.
It appears the EU is set on continuing its policy of providing the Western EU with very cheap labour. Kosovo is economically similar to Romania and Bulgaria. Now the EU is planning to introduce visa […]
Oh well. This is going the way of the financial transaction tax and stopping tax evasion. The EU is simply a neo-liberal organisation in service of the transnational corporations. Read here
Romania-Insider.com: Protests planned in Bucharest in support of Romania’s anticorruption directorate
Romanians will surely sleep better knowing that the European Commission is watching the developments with “caution and concern” as the Romanian government attacks the fundaments of Romanian democracy. Needless to say, the Social Democrats are […]