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Newsletter 05 August 2020

Dear readers!

Currently, the course for the further development of the European Union is being set. This newsletter therefore focuses on the current economic policy of the EU, in particular reflecting on the most recent EU Council decisions and the Commission‘s loosening of Member State aid rules – both of which threaten to further increase social differences within the EU. Against the background of the incipient global economic crisis, we also address the need for a Universal Basic Income across Europe. The current disputes in the Union around a safe return to work are described in a shop steward’s account of how he experienced the re-opening.

Our first webinar after the summer break is dedicated to the effects of the lockdown on art workers – who were usually active under precarious conditions already before the lockdown: Support Art Workers, 4 Sept., 18:00 (CET).

Good news from the left in Croatia: In an interview with Katarina Peović, the recently elected MP for the green-left coalition, we learn more about the reasons for their success, their political programme, and European cooperations.

We wish you stimulating reading!

Michael Hollogschwandtner, web editor, for transform! europe

Featured Article
Interview
Peović: "The left is now in Croatia's parliament and defends the working people."
By Angelina Giannopoulou
The green-left coalition, gained 7 percent at the Croatian parliamentary elections. Read the interview with Dr. Katarina Peović, member of Radnička fronta (RF, Workers’ Front) and recently elected MP for Možemo! [read more... ]
Blog
Commentary
What Should We Make of the Decisions of the European Council on the ‘Development Plan’ and the Next Multiannual Financial Framework?
By Roland Kulke
Between 17-21 July the heads of EU Member States (MS) met together in Brussels and spent as much time haggling over the ‘development plan’, which is designed to stabilise economies weakened by the coronavirus, as over the next Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). What should we make of their... [read more... ]
Analysis
More Money – Less Solidarity: Competition of the Subsidies
By Roland Kulke, Susanne Wixforth
Covid-19 has led to a dramatic economic crisis. The EU has modified the strict State aid rules to such a degree that States can now help their national economies virtually at their own discretion. What at first sounds sensible comes with a catch, however, since it results in the strong becoming even... [read more... ]
Commentary
Why Universal Basic Income?
By Walter Baier
Let me start by showing where the problem lies: right now, across the EU, there are over 14 million people unemployed, and millions who have been furloughed or who are working precarious jobs. And yet we are only at the start of a global economic crisis, the extent and duration of which no one can... [read more... ]
Personal report
Diary of a Pandemic Shop Steward
By Joseph Healy
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… [read more... ]
Calendar
04 September 2020 – 04 September 2020
Webinar
Support Art Workers
During the days of the lockdown the need to bridge the social distance and to feel united has been expressed many times by singing or playing from the balconies and terraces of the buildings in which we have been forced, demonstrating how essential expression and communication are for individual and... [read more... ]
Publications
Book release
Gender, Generations, and Communism in Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond
By Agnieszka Mrozik, Anna Artwińska
We proudly present the book Gender, Generations, and Communism in Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond, published by Routledge in the series “Routledge Research in Gender and History” – with the support of transform! europe. [read more... ]
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