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Newsletter 07 July 2022

Dear readers!

The war in Europe and the escalating conflict between the superpowers is still not coming to an end. Ongoing militarisation, the expansion of NATO and the socio-ecological crises that result from it are just a few examples of the challenges that the left in Europe has to face.

This calls for a broad left alliance, such as the one formed in the parliamentary elections in France. Our newsletter offers an analysis of the election results and what they signify for the left in France.

An overview of the (online) events of transform! europe and our partner organisations can also be found in our calendar.

Finally, we would like to draw your attention to our new publicationsHundred Shades of the EU — Mapping the Political Economy of the EU Peripheries and Implications of COVID-19 on Women Workers in the Service Sector. A Special Focus on Spain.

We wish you an exciting summer reading,
Štefica Gazibara, web editor, transform! europe

Featured Article
NATO and the Construction of the Enemy
By Marga Ferré
Marga Ferré, Co-President of transform! europe, comments on the NATO-led western militarisation and analyses its ideological foundation. In this context, she points out the construction of the "other" as the enemy and racial supremacy, which both must be fought. [read more... ]
The Role of the Left in Elaborating a New European Détente
By Walter Baier
Walter Baier calls for a new balanced European security including international treaties on arms control and reduction, reestablishing trust and the reconstructing economic and cultural ties. [read more... ]
Finnish Shifts and Swedish Steadiness: Lines of Division on the Issue of NATO Membership
By Jukka Pietiläinen
Jukka Pietiläinen analyses the left positions on Sweden´s and Finland´s NATO membership. Both countries intend to join NATO, however, perspectives and opinions on this issue are divided. [read more... ]
Considerations Against the Tide
By Roberto Savio
It seems to me that after almost four months of war in Ukraine we have to take a step back and see which of the actors involved are benefitting from the conflict. However, it becomes clear very quickly that nobody is getting anything out of this and that we are experiencing the suicide of the... [read more... ]
The Re-Parlamentarisation of French Politics
By Gala Kabbaj
On Sunday 19 June, a long electoral sequence in France that began on 10 April during the first round of the presidential election ended. [read more... ]
17 August 2022 – 21 August 2022
European Summer University of Social Movements 2022
ESU22 will be about the future of Europe. We will draw lessons from the deficits that the pandemic has so brutally shown us in many aspects of life. After the last European Summer University of Social Movements — in Paris and Toulouse — we will meet this year in Germany! transform! europe is... [read more... ]
22 September 2022 – 24 September 2022
57th ITH Conference
The Political Ecology of Work in Times of Disaster
The 2022 ITH Conference, organised by the International Conference of Labour and Social History (ITH) is held in Linz/Austria and takes from the present epidemiological crisis to also reflect on other times of disaster and their implications for workers, organised labour and labour relations. [read more... ]
21 October 2022 – 23 October 2022
6th European Forum
Athens European Forum 2022
The European Forum is a unique space where the left, greens and progressives can come together and share their struggles. We want to formulate — and fight for — alternative, fairer and greener solutions to the crises facing Europe. This year's Forum will be held in Athens on 21-23th of October 2022. [read more... ]
Hundred Shades of the EU — Mapping the Political Economy of the EU Peripheries
By Giuseppe Celi, Valentina Petrović Veronika Sušová-Salminen Tatiana Moutinho Dagmar Švendová
transform! europe presents a comparative study on the economic, political, and ideological aspects of peripherality within the European Union. [read more... ]
Implications of COVID-19 on Women Workers in the Service Sector. A Special Focus on Spain
By Tania Toffanin, Emelina Galarza Fernández José Ignacio Rivas Flores Virginia Martagon Vazquez
Due to the inequalities in European societies such as the gender gap and the low value placed on care work, women have been hit specifically hard by the pandemic. This study focuses on the effects of the pandemic on women workers in the service sector in one of the most affected European countries,... [read more... ]
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