Lack of cooperation on all sides has left the doors open to
the most extremist financiers from the Arab Gulf countries to force their own
agendas on the brigades they are financing, agendas that have nothing to do
with Syria’s cause of freedom and dignity.
Collusion between the press and politicians
is not confined to western Europe. Central and Eastern European countries are
also plagued by their own mini-Murdochs – and in these more fragile democracies,
they represent an even bigger threat.
What is the meaning of economic liberty? Is there a moral case for the free market? A review of the recent book 'Free Market Fairness' by John Tomasi tackled these questions, introduced here by the editor of the Democratic Wealth series.
Since April of this year, European
citizens can launch a pan-European civic initiative (ECI) to bring a matter to the
Commission and the Parliament. How does it work in practice? Fraternité 2020,
the first ECI ever registered, is a telling example.
The political victory of the City over manufacturing has been a long and cross-party project with significant consequences for our current economic predicament. Robin Ramsay examines the journey from the 70s to the present day.
A motley alliance of socialists,
liberals and conservatives won the 9 December Romanian parliamentary elections.
What they clearly share is profound dislike for the country's once-powerful
president, Traian Basescu, whose five-year mandate continues into 2014. What is
less obvious is how they will govern the country.
In our new 'Eminent Europeans' series, we ask the continent's share of intellectuals - philosophers, artists or scientists - to share their vision of Europe. In the first article, Jan Truszczyński, the European Commission's Director-General for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, explains why the Erasmus programme is one of Europe's biggest achievements.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently
published a working paper arguing for the removal of private bank’s privilege
of creating the national money supply.
The so called ‘full’ or ‘100%’ –reserve reform has a long history – but,
with the Icelandic parliament actively investigating the proposal and little
sign of current reforms rebooting the economy, might its time have come?
'This is a speech of celebration and integration'. So said Ed Miliband today, of his latest speech on the One Nation Labour approach. But is his party in touch with everyday experiences across Britain?
The palaces of President Zuma and the massacre of miners symbolise how the gulf between rich and poor has widened in the eighteen years since the African National Congress came to power in South Africa. On the eve of the ANC conference, a report on growing disillusionment
among former supporters.
More than a decade of viewing property as an investment has driven up prices and eroded the status of affordable housing as an enduring human need. It is time to consign “basic economics” to the scrap heap and hold successive governments to account.
Just as it is not an inherent feature of the financial
system to work against society, it need not be the case that it
discriminates against women. A flourishing group of financial cooperatives and
mission driven banks are leading the way in showing how
the EU is not about Europhilia or Euroscepticism. In modern society, power and
democratic accountability go hand in hand. European leaders should draw
inspiration from the Union's periphery!
MOOCs (massive open online courses)
and more freely available lectures and university content are transforming
the education landscape, and alliances between academia and corporations are ever-increasing. But this revolution
in education might pose a lethal threat for hardly commodifiable
disciplines such as those of the humanities.
Two big announcements have
shaken Italian politics up last week: with Monti's resignation and Berlusconi's
comeback, a year of positioning on the Italian chessboard is rapidly moving towards
European trade unions and many
progressive parties simultaneously ask for lower European budgetary
constraints to counteract recession, while agreeing with austerity at home. But
there's a way to resolve this contradiction – and to reverse depressive
tendencies, foster growth and increase competitiveness in Europe.
The European Union's Nobel Peace Prize, which it will officially receive today, was a reminder that the EU is much more than just a market or a currency union. It is the foundation of Europe’s security, freedom, and prosperity. But this very foundation is now threatened by short-sightedness and misunderstandings.
According to a new study, Britain - far from being a basket case at education - is in fact ranked 6 in the world. But who was the ranking produced by? Does it stand up? And who is it really good for? Michael Bullen plays fly-on-the-wall at an imagined Pearson board meeting.
Continuing our Devalue or Else series, Tony Curzon-Price replies to John Mills, arguing that further devaluation could even increase the earnings divide across UK industries. Could this effect be enough to offset the equality gains from increased employment?
observers have always nurtured mixed feelings towards Recep Erdogan, the
Turkish prime minister: is he a resolute champion of democratisation, or an
Islamist with hidden authoritarian tendencies? The answer might have less to do
with his personal traits than with the system he operates within.
Oliver Huitson listens to Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of
the Public and Commercial Services Union, talk about the Autumn statement, tax
avoidance, Union strategy and the Conservative vision for the nation – where
are we headed, decades of austerity, or is Britain “de-developing”?
Farhat Hached is still making history in Tunisia,
government is fixated on shifting Tunisian society in a more religious
direction, while failing to address the country’s appalling poverty and
unemployment. We learn about that history.