• Yearbook 2019
  • The Radical Left in Europe - Rediscovering Hope

  • 14 Apr 19
  • The transform! yearbook 2019 examines current challenges for the left forces in several European countries, explores the lessons of super majority strikes and other recent organising experiences, and looks at the alternatives opened up in '68 - '69 in the West as well as the countries of state socialism with their history of attempts at renewing Marxist theory and council democracy.


    transform! 2019

    Edited by Walter Baier, Eric Canepa and Haris Golemis

    397 pages, Paperback
    ISBN 978-0-85036-751-5
    Price: £ 17.99

    Merlin Press

    Authors: Luciana Castellina, Frigga Haug, Alexandros Kioupkiolis, Tamás Krausz, Jane McAlevey, Rossana Rossanda, Jon Trickett, Hans-Jürgen Urban, Christophe Ventura, Gabi Zimmer, and many others.

    transform! 2019 is the fifth of an annual series reporting on and analysing European political and social developments.

    Download the English Yearbook as PDF on the right.



    Walter Baier, Eric Canepa, Haris Golemis: The Radical Left in Europe – Rediscovering Hope

    Becoming Subjects of History - Art, Theory, and Politics

    Frigga Haug: Contradictions in Marxist Feminism

    Eva Brenner: A Theatre of Self-Emancipation – Jura Soyfer on Stage in Contemporary Vienna

    Challenges for Left Strategy

    Tamás Krausz: Searching for Alternatives – Interviewed by Róbert Nárai

    Walter Baier: Lenin, Luxemburg, Bauer – The Left and the National

    Hans-Jürgen Urban: The Issue of Immigration – A Crucial Test for the Mosaic Left?

    Alexandros Kioupkiolis: Counter-Hegemony, the Commons, and New City Politics

    Theodora Kotsaka: Commons Transition and the Role of the State – A New Question for the Left

    Labour, Precarity, and Organisation

    Bernd Riexinger: Connective Class Politics as an Inspiration for the Left

    Jane McAlevey: Restoring Working-Class Power – Super Majority Strikes

    Peter Ullrich: In Itself, But Not Yet For Itself – Organising the New Academic Precariat

    The Left and the Question of Europe

    Luciana Castellina, Judith Dellheim, and Gabi Zimmer: Reclaim the Manifesto of Ventotene!

    Heinz Bierbaum: The European Left – Its Current State and Prospects

    Klaus Busch: The Crises of the EU and Eurozone – National Regression Blocks Solutions


    Yannis Almpanis, Mátyás Benyik, Raffaella Bolini, Judith Dellheim, Haris Golemis, and Christophe Ventura: Assessing the Anti-Globalisation Movement and the Social Forum Process – A Roundtable

    Luciana Castellina: Remembering 1968

    Jiří Málek: The 1968 Prague Spring – A Socialist Project

    Rossana Rossanda: The Students’ ‘68 and Workers’ ‘69 – Conflicts and Joint Action in the Italian Experience

    Document: A Colloquium at the Mirafiori Fiat Plant – 1969

    Erhard Crome: 1989 and Its Consequences for Russia and Germany

    Tasos Trikkas: The Communist Party of Greece in 2018 – The Centenary of Its Birth and Fifty Years After Its Split

    Country Reports

    Jon Trickett: The Challenges Before the Labour Party – Interviewed by Stelios Foteinopoulos

    Gavin Rae: Conservative Authoritarianism and the Far-Right in Hungary and Poland

    Ľuboš Blaha: The Central European Left and Europe – Beyond Liberalism

    Adriano Campos and Alda Sousa: The Radical Left and Social Democracy in Portugal – Achievements and Obstacles

    The Marxist-Christian Dialogue

    The Manifesto of Hermoupolis

    Michael Löwy: Why a Marxist-Christian Dialogue?

    Nikos Xydakis: Christians and Marxists – The Adventure of a Dialogue

    Economic Update

    Joachim Bischoff: The Return of the Economic and Financial Crisis – Nervous Financial Markets and the Slowdown of the Worlwide Boom