Diary of a Pandemic Shop Steward
  • After the death of my colleague and friend, I became the main trade union representative at my workplace, a small charity helping disabled people in Lambeth (London). As many other union activists across Europe, I am now involved in the struggle of workers to a safe workplace…
    Die Corona-Krise als Teil einer viel umfassenderen Krise der Zivilisation
  • Die Corona-Krise hat weltweit bereits mehr als eine halbe Million Menschen getötet. Zurecht konzentrieren sich Politik und Gesellschaft im Moment auf die Bekämpfung des Virus. Aber dahinter steht die in Zeitlupentempo explodierende Umweltkatastrophe. Die Corona-Krise ist eingebettet in diese viel größere Krise und mit ihr ursächlich verbunden!
    Economic Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Czech Republic
  • The Czech Republic has so far fared well in containing the pandemic. However, the economic consequences of the lockdown and the rapidly worsening situation in the world economy are yet to come. This article deals with economic measures implemented to mitigate the economic consequences of the pandemic through the eyes of political economy.
    What Awaits Slovakia After the Pandemic?
  • The pandemic crisis hit Slovakia in its most vulnerable period – just after the parliamentary elections in which the opposition defeated the coalition. Despite the fact that Bratislava had to manage a transition to a new government, Slovakia is one of the least affected countries. But for how long?
    "Plague Soft" in Arcadia: Lithuania Comes to Grips with Covid-19
  • The old Grand Duchy of Lithuania was variously described and compared to classic Arcadia, with its bucolic, rustic landscapes and woods, and the supposed tranquillity of its agrarian population. These rhetorical traditions persisted into modern nationalism, including the idea of Arcadian naivety and...
    Covid-19 and the Western Working Classes
  • The Covid-19 Shock Meets an Impending Economic Recession As of March 2020, the world is back to the future. The global financial crisis of 2007-2008, which escalated into a global financial meltdown in September 2008, was supposed to be the big bang crisis, a once in a lifetime event. And yet, here...
    States of Emergency in Europe: Poland
  • Series of overviews by authors of our network on political measures of state of emergency in European countries. The selection will be extended continuously.
    Das Virus trifft ein schlecht vorbereitetes Europa
  • Das Gesundheitssystem jenes EU-Staates, der vom Coronavirus am stärksten betroffen ist – Italien – litt in den vergangenen Jahren stark unter neoliberalen Sparmaßnahmen und Privatisierungen. Der Gesundheitsnotstand sorgt nun dafür, dass die nächste wirtschaftliche Notlage noch schneller vor der Tür steht. Wir befinden uns an einem Scheideweg.