Problems and conflicts within and between European states have taken on new and alarming dimensions as economic crisis and neoliberal austerity policies continue to wreck havoc.
The longer essays in the transform! yearbook 2015 draw connections between newly arising national conflicts, crises in social relations and democracy, and the diminishing appeal of European integration. These developments form the background for growing right-wing populism. The deep historical roots of the European crisis are traced in an essay ‘What Does History Tells Us?’
The volume begins with an extensive interview with the new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The results of the European elections are also examined and the chances for left breakthroughs considered.
UNITED EUROPE, DIVIDED EUROPE. transform! 2015
Edited by Walter Baier, Eric Canepa, Eva Himmelstoss
Foreword – Walter Baier, Eric Canepa, Eva Himmelstoss: United Europe, Divided Europe
SYRIZA and Europe: An Interview with Alexis Tsipras
Étienne Balibar: Europe – Nations: The Missing People and the Crisis of Legitimacy
Walter Baier: The ‘National Question’ and European Integration
Elisabeth Gauthier, Joachim Bischoff, Bernhard Müller: Right-Wing Extremism and Modernised Right-Wing Populism in Europe
Frank Deppe: 1945 – 2015: What Does History Tell Us?
Divisions in Europe and Challenges for the Left
Steffen Lehndorff: The ‘Austeritarian’ Integration Dividing Europe
Patrice Cohen-Séat: Europe: A Lock and a Key
Gabriel Colletis: An Alternative European Industrial Policy?
Marc Delepouve: A Left Project for Research in Europe. Some Principles and Proposals
Lutz Brangsch: The European Union and Its Neighbours
Anej Korsika: Some Notes on the Socialist Alternative in Post-Yugoslav Space
European Elections: A Snapshot of the Balance of Power
Cornelia Hildebrandt: The European Elections: An Analysis of the Results
Fabien Escalona, Mathieu Vieira: Social Democracy Caught in the European Trap
Thilo Janssen: Far Right-Wing Parties in the European Parliament
Inger Johansen: The Danish People’s Party: A Journey to the Centre
Luís Ramiro, Jaime Aja: The Left in the Storm: The Radical Left and the Elections in Spain
Alfonso Gianni: The Italian Vote and the Problem of a New Left Political Entity
Jiří Málek: East of the West – The Visegrad Four
Holger Politt, Krzysztof Pilawski: Elections in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland
Maxime Benatouil: transform! europe 2014 at a Glance