Europe has been in the throes of political and economic turmoil for several years. The EMU has effectively failed to deliver on its promise of convergence, stability and prosperity. The EU is riven with divisions between core and periphery. It also faces major political threats following Brexit and the rise of radical rightwing movements across several countries.
Positive political developments, such as victories for municipal candidates of the radical left across Europe and stopping the advance of the far right in Austria and the Netherlands, have also taken place. However, these developments will not lead to the changes required to boost employment, accelerate growth and reduce income inequality in Europe.
The forces that have undermined democracy and relations among the nations of Europe are still very much present. New ideas are required to place sovereignty, democracy, equality and solidarity at the forefront.
The European Research Network on Social and Economic Policy (EReNSEP) is dedicated to research and activity focusing on Europe’s political and economic future. The network’s mission is to generate ideas and to make concrete policy proposals supporting a coherent alternative economic strategy for Europe. EReNSEP is fully aware of the political, social, ecological and gender perspectives of the alternative strategy.
EReNSEP held its inaugural conference in Thessaloniki in April 2016 and a second conference took place in Paris in December 2016, organised by its French section. To advance the work further, the Spanish/Catalan section of EReNSEP is holding a conference in Barcelona in the weekend of 16-17 June 2017.
Participants will include EReNSEP members from several countries in Europe as well as Spanish/Catalan and European researchers, politicians, and activists from a variety of organisations. The aim is to develop concrete proposals for the Spanish economy in the context of continuing Eurozone and EU instability.
Spain is a country of critical importance in view of its economic and social trajectory but also its political development, given the rise of Podemos and political forces like En Comú Podem, En Marea, and diverse municipal candidacies that have won elections across Spain as well as the persistent demand for Catalan national sovereignty.
The conference intends to make a positive contribution to these debates.
We are thankful for the support and sponsorship of the following political organisations/parties: Barcelona en Comú, CUP (Popular Unity Candidacies) and Podem Catalunya.