Reforming Europe: Thomas Piketty meets Pablo Iglesias

An edited translation of the recent interview between bestselling author Thomas Piketty and Pablo Iglesias, leader of the Spanish political party Podemos, originally broadcast on Otra Vuelta de Tuerka (‘Another Turn of the Screw’) was exclusive to Juncture Online and is republished here with their kind permission.

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Reforming Europe: Thomas Piketty meets Pablo Iglesias

An edited translation of the recent interview between bestselling author Thomas Piketty and Pablo Iglesias, leader of the Spanish political party Podemos, originally broadcast on Otra Vuelta de Tuerka (‘Another Turn of the Screw’) was exclusive to Juncture Online and is republished here with their kind permission.

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Why does Germany insist on a failed programme for Greece?

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Greece and the eurogroup: capitulation or breaching austerity's dam?

George Papandreou cancelling his referendum was a capitulation. Tsipras and Varoufakis achieving new space and flexibility and four months to achieve a genuinely new approach was quite an achievement.

Syriza's limited options

Unless Syriza changes its rhetoric now and unless it explains the facts about the EU and the economy, it will be incapable of justifying any of these decisions to its voters several months down the line.

Poland: trust no one but the law

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Defending human rights in a digital age

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Tough to swallow: TTIP’s threat to our food and farming

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Britain and Austria: clashing on EU state aid

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Would the United Kingdom survive an exit from the EU?

All the talk of a Brexit seems to have ignored one salient fact: that a British withdrawal from the EU would spark a constitutional crisis regarding the devolution settlement, and potentially lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom.

Why did intelligence agencies spy on Greenpeace?

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Beyond our shores: Europhobia and the BBC

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The Free Trade movement's hypocrisy

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For the European Republic: a reply to Mameli and del Savio

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Estonian elections: hope for change or just more of the same?

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Podemos: Latin America exports political ways and means

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Reforming Europe: Thomas Piketty meets Pablo Iglesias

An edited translation of the recent interview between bestselling author Thomas Piketty and Pablo Iglesias, leader of the Spanish political party Podemos, originally broadcast on Otra Vuelta de Tuerka (‘Another Turn of the Screw’) was exclusive to Juncture Online and is republished here with their kind permission.

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Is a socialist EU possible via left-wing populist parties such as Syriza, Podemos and the HDP?

Syriza still needs to build a strong hegemonic culture to include the non-leftist progressive movement and to expand the bloc beyond class politics to gain the consent of society at large.

Challenging the red lines of Greece

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An economic revolution may be under way in Europe, but it's not happening in Greece

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Islamophobia and Russophobia: towards creating a new world order

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The Varoufakis game is not chicken

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Free speech, "political correctness" and the university

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14 reasons for celebrating 200 years of Pride and Prejudice (1813)

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Casino Macedonia: of spies, traitors, and patriots

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The devil is in the details

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"You, a convicted minister!" - namecalling and mudslinging in the Catalan parliament

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