What does ‘success’ mean in UK economic policy? A report on the panel discussion organised by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy.

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The Bennett Institute for Public Policy launched in 2018, as a research body attached to the University of Cambridge. The institute seeks to combine current research in technology, natural sciences and engineering with politics and social research in order to engage in global public policy debates. Chair: Professor Diane Coyle Panellists: Dr Patrick Diamond (Senior… Continue Reading ➤

Does the deficit really matter?

An anti-austerity march in central London in June 2014

It has become an article of faith among the financial, economic and political commentariat in Britain and Europe that a budget deficit is an important issue, and one that requires urgent redress. In the UK, this partly results from domestic politics. Over the last five years, government rhetoric has argued that deficit reduction through government cuts… Continue Reading ➤

The Politics of the Politics of European Austerity

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in May 2014. Has the advent of the latter's European investment plan indicated a shift in the balance of power in Europe away from German austerity?

The situation in Greece is at breaking point. Local councils have no money and Orthodox churches are having to feed people that authorities cannot cope with. Meanwhile in Athens, the newly elected Syriza party are in a standoff with the European Central Bank as they try to restructure their debt. They promised Greek voters they would… Continue Reading ➤

Greece, Europe and the Troika: Colonialism in Action?

I'm with stupid?: Slavoj Zizek and Oliver Stone meet Greece's Alexis Tsipras in May 2013

In the week following the Greek legislative elections on January 25th 2015, Syriza’s victory was hailed across Europe as marking the end of economic austerity and a new beginning for the country. Indeed, it is undeniable that the recent negotiations between Greece and the Eurozone were an outstanding Greek victory on the linguistic front: bailout extensions… Continue Reading ➤

What’s Wrong with the Left in Europe?

The Occupy London march on 1st May 2012 to mark International Workers' Day

It comes to something when an article on the left in Europe must start with the success of the far-right, once again, in this tumultuous continent. The dust from the three days of terror in Paris, in which gunmen killed 17 people across the French capital, has barely settled on an uneasy and increasingly polarised… Continue Reading ➤

The Rise of the European Left: Syriza and Podemos

A riot policeman during May Day protests in Athens, 2010 (Source: Flickr: Joanna)

Today, the European Union is confronted with a problem that has raised the spectre of an existential crisis. Its failure to counter the 2008 financial crisis has led to economic and social devastation throughout Europe, and with it, a surge in anti-EU sentiment for its harsh doctrine of seemingly endless spending cuts. People are quickly… Continue Reading ➤