With national and European governments in gridlock, the cities themselves have decided to bypass the state level altogether and forge ahead with some very innovative solutions to the crises facing Europe today.
This past week Poland's PiS government suffered its first blow since coming to power nearly a year ago. It was an optimistic note in a region where illiberalism authoritarian governments are on the rise.
How do migrant workers successfully
enact labour and social rights? ‘Respekt’, a local network
established by Polish live-in care workers in Basel, Switzerland, challenges
widespread assumptions held by unions.
Talk in Brussels among non-governmental organisations and parliamentarians is that the EU lacks a strategy to address human rights violations in the European neighbourhood. However, what if the EU has a strategy?
This is (along with Islamism and
neoliberalism) one of a certain number of global issues on which Foucault can
be credited with having shown a degree of prescience; and the future he
foresees is sombre.
Deregulation is often packaged as a fight against red tape or a drive to
improve efficiency by removing so-called ‘burdens’ on business or ‘barriers’ to
trade. But such ‘burdens’ are the social and environmental
standards that protect us all and the world we live in.