transform! at the Left Forum with two seminars:
1. European Resistance to Austerity Policies – Left Alternative Strategies (Co-sponsored with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation)
2. The Crisis and Right-Wing Populism: Europe and the US
Ten years after the introduction of the Euro, the European Union is more divided than ever, both socially and economically.
While the common currency has in some countries, in particular Germany and Austria, led to higher economic growth and employment rates, other countries have to pay the price – economic growth in some countries comes at the expense of others. However, resistance from below is growing as well. This panel will discuss the European resistance movements and ask what can be done to stop the financial market’s impositions.
Time: Sunday, 3 pm,
Chair: Walter Baier, coordinator, Transform! Europe network
José Soeira, CUL:TRA – Cultures of Labour and Socialism, Portugal
George Stathakis, University of Crete
Teppo Eskelinen, Left Alliance Party, Finland
We will ask who the new right is, what new dangers they represent and what prospects they have. Under what conditions does it historically gain strength? Panelists will also try and identify elements in the thinking of radical-right groups that could make some of their adherents open to a left analysis and movement. The panelists are in a position to analyze the particularities of Western and Eastern Europe and of the US and place them in comparative context.
Time: Saturday, 3 pm,
Chair: Teppo Eskelinen, Left Alliance Party Finland
William K. Tabb, Queens College CUNY
Abby Scher, Institute for Policy Studies
Jan Kavan, ex-Foreign Minister, Czech Republic
Walter Baier, coordinator, Transform! Europe network