The conference "100 Shades of the EU: The Political Economy of the EU Peripheries Between Pandemic and War" expanded on the ongoing work by transform! europe on EU peripheries, bringing together academic researchers and trade unionists from across Europe. Here is a summary of the discussions held during the sessions.
The 2024 European Parliament elections are increasingly contingent on the rise of the radical right in Europe. In response to this threat, Heinz Bierbaum highlights an important tool of left politics. He discusses the role of "European Works Councils”, and shows why they are important for a left strategy.
Marga Ferré, a passionate leader of the Spanish left and Co-President of transform! europe, is preparing for a crucial election in a few week’s time that could reinstate heirs to Francoism. Italy´s magazine “Left” interviewed her during her visit to Rome for the Future Factory Forum.
The conference "100 Shades of the EU:The Political Economy of the EU Peripheries between Pandemic and War”, held in April in Trieste, advanced the academic and political discussion initiated by the eponymous study published by transform! europe last year. Our facilitator Roberto Morea spoke to conference organiser Tatiana Moutinho.
"Left Alone" brings together 15 authors and seven visual artists from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America to individually and collectively reflect – in words and images – on an urgent psycho-political issue that has not yet been explicitly addressed through a left-political lens, that is, "Left Loneliness".
This one-hour podcast series consists of seven short episodes and dwells on some key elements and findings of the study "Hundred Shades of the EU — Mapping the Political Economy of the EU Peripheries" published in March 2022 by transform! with the support of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation.
Syriza took a beating in last month’s election, but the Greek Left is determined to continue the struggle. Read more in this interview with Danai Koltsida, director of Syriza's greek foundation the Nikos Poulantzas Institute, and vice president of transform! europe.
Over the last three decades, money and finance, as well as power and war, have extended their grip on life. This expansion was facilitated in part by technology — new biotechnologies and artificial intelligence — but also by highly financialised market economies and their underlying principles of conquest and exploitation.
The Board of transform! europe was informed about the tragic shipwreck off Pylos, Greece, which cost the lives of at least several hundred migrants and refugees. We express our devastation for the loss of so many lives and our solidarity to the rescued people. It is our minimum humanitarian duty.
transform! Europe supports the joint letter to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), originally initiated by Global Justice Now and signed by numerous organisations, networks and individuals. The full text of the joint letter can be found below.
In Italy, a growing number of students are mobilising in a peaceful protest against high rent costs in university cities under the slogan “Senza casa=senza futuro” (No housing=no future). Led by the university students' union UDU (Unione degli Universitari), they demand affordable education and are are making their voices heard across the country.
In March 2023, transform! europe organised a historical study trip to Athens in cooperation with the association present:history, which provides historical-political educational work and is dedicated to the critical examination of intersections between history and the present.
The convergence of crises, including neoliberal capitalism, geopolitical conflicts, and the climate catastrophe, calls for a significant shift in EU policies. Harald Wolf explores the key factors that must be considered in redefining and reorienting the current policies to address the economic, industrial, and geopolitical challenges at hand.
The Pact on Migration and Asylum presented by the EU commission in 2020 focuses on deterrence, isolation, a toughening of the European border, and the fast-tracking of decisions at the expense of asylum seekers’ rights. New steps are now being taken by the European Parliament and the Swedish Presidency of the EU Council. Where is Europe heading?
Speech by Kostas Genidounias, President of the Panhellenic Association of Train Drivers (PEPE) at the conference organised by the Nikos Poulantzas Institute entitled "Safety: Countering the Argument - From Individual Responsibility to Multifaceted Collective Safety" held on 26th of April 2023.
The Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation's Madrid office, in collaboration with turba! comunicación, has published an analysis entitled "Impact of digitalisation on work" to map industrial relations and labour struggles in Europe's new digital economy.
Fincantieri is an Italian shipbuilding company that has expanded its global reach through a series of acquisitions and agreements and is portrayed as a respected and successful company. However, behind the façade of its industrial and commercial succes lies a darker reality of exploiting temporary workers and subcontractors to achieve its success.