Opinion piece originally published in the EUobserver on 30.11.11. Not everybody’s into techno music. Some folks are a little bit country; others a little bit rock and roll. But under what one Brussels wag recently called the EU’s ‘techno-party’ strategy – replacing elected representatives with technocrats and an end to consideration of fiscal policies by parliaments in favour […]Read more "The EU’s ‘techno party’ is hollowing out democracy"
Analysis originally published in the EUobserver 13.12.10 But if what needs to happen cannot happen, what does Lord Skidelsky, a 71-year-old economic historian who has been witness to the full fifty years of European integration, think will? “I don’t think immediately, but the most likely outcome is that some countries will have to devalue, which means leaving […]Read more "Working the night-shift in the German austerity sweatshop – Part IV: The end of the eurozone"
Analysis originally published in the EUobserver 13.12.10. So how do we get out of this mess? It’s relatively simple, really. All that has to happen is a rebalancing of competitiveness between the core and the periphery. “Of course much of the responsibility lies with Germany, doesn’t it?” continues Lord Skidelsky. “The euro was constructed in a way […]Read more "Working the night-shift in the German austerity sweatshop – Part III: Back to the future with the Werner Plan"
Analysis originally appeared in the EUobserver 10.12.10. But how did we get into this mess in the first place? In the 1990s during the run-up to the single currency and throughout the 2000s, all European countries battened down wage demands and loosened the regulations on companies (or, to use the jargon you often hear on the […]Read more "Working the night-shift in the German austerity sweatshop – Part II: The China of Europe"
Analysis originally appeared in the EUobserver 09.12.10. There was a cheeky cartoon that made the Facebook and Twitter rounds a few days ago, posted by one of the Financial Times’ Alphaville bloggers. It went ‘viral,’ as the social-media consultants think the kids say. Bearing the title “Introducing Greater Germany,” it featured a map of Europe with all the German […]Read more "Working the night-shift in the German austerity sweatshop – Part I: Dr Merkel’s fiscal enema"
Opinion piece originally published in the EUobserver, 16.08.11. Pacific islanders never actually threw virgins into volcanoes to appease angry gods; it was only ever a TV trope of bad American sketch comedy and Saturday-morning cartoons. But you remember how it worked? However many damsels were chucked in to the fiery pit, the lava would keep flowing, […]Read more "Hurling democracy into the volcano to appease the market gods"
Article originally published in Red Pepper in April 2011. She’s lovely really. She has a painting of her you did when you were six framed in the kitchen, and however old you may be now, she still keeps Mars bar ice creams in the bottom freezer-bit of her little fridge for when you pop over. […]Read more "Don’t let your slightly racist gran be the only one to take on Europe’s silent coup"