The Left Case Against the EU

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ISBN
9781509531066
Nombre del producto:
The Left Case Against the EU
Fecha de edición:
1 dic. 2018
Número de Edición:
1
Autor:
Lapavitsas, Costas
Idioma:
Inglés
Formato:
Libro
Páginas:
184
Lugar de edición:
REINO UNIDO
Colección:
SIN COLECCIÓN
Encuadernación:
Rústica

Many on the Left see the European Union as a fundamentally benign project with the potential to underpin ever greater cooperation and progress.

If it has drifted rightward, the answer is to fight for reform from within. In this iconoclastic polemic, economist Costas Lapavitsas demolishes this view. He contends that the EU’s response to the Eurozone crisis represents the ultimate transformation of the union into a neoliberal citadel that institutionally embeds austerity, privatization, and wage cuts. Concurrently, the rise of German hegemony has divided the EU into anunstable core and dependent peripheries. These related developments make the EUimpervious to meaningful reform. The solution is therefore a direct challenge to the EUproject that stresses popular and national sovereignty as preconditions for trueinternationalist socialism.

Lapavitsas’s powerful manifesto for a left opposition to the EU upends the wishful thinking that often characterizes the debate and will be a challenging read for all on the Left interested in the future of Europe.

Contents

 1. The European Union and the Left

 2. The evolution of the EU since Maastricht

 3. The ascendancy of Germany and the division of Europe

 4. The Eurozone crisis: Class interests and hegemonic power

 5. Greece in the iron trap of the euro

 6. Seeking democracy, sovereignty, and socialism

Costas Lapavitsas is Professor of Economics at SOAS University of London.

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