Brexit: Why and to what end?

The result of the recent British referendum has shown that there is a real and deep class divide in the UK. The same thing can be said about many EU countries as well.

The class struggle has come back and the social composition of Leave supporters in Britain has a clear identity. They are the lower social strata: the working class and the poor. In short, they are the British popular classes whose income, employment, housing, social services etc. has been negatively affected, as evidenced by existing data, due to globalization and austerity policies in recent years.

Apart from certain significant spatial and demographic differences (e.g. the particular attitude of the working class in London, the indirect expression of separatist moods in Scotland and Northern Ireland or the youth’s clear resolve to Remain) which have their own explanation and whose importance is undeniable, the outcome of the British referendum was shaped by all those people who for the past years have been experiencing the effects of a systemic crisis, neoliberal policies and the ensuing decline in democratic process.

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What is the future for Europe? Workshop presentations

The workshop titled What is the future for Europe? was the first in a series of public events planned by EReNSEP and RMF for 2016. Participants at the workshop included academics from leading universities in Spain, France, Germany and elsewhere. Participants also included members of a wide range of political organisations actively seeking a new strategy, such as the Candidatura d’Unidat Popular (CUP) in Catalonia, the Parti de Gauche in France, the Initiative for Democratic Socialism (IDS) in Slovenia, and Die Linke in Germany. There was also a strong Greek intellectual and political presence.

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"What is the future for Europe?" Public launch and workshop in Thessaloniki

On 26-27 April an international workshop will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece, titled “What is the Future for Europe?” Social scientists and political activists from across Europe will take part, including from Germany, France, Spain, and elsewhere. On the evening of the 27th there will be an open political meeting in the city, with the same topic, at which Oskar Lafontaine and Costas Lapavitsas will be keynote speakers.

The event marks the launch of the European Research Network on Social and Economic Policy, a new initiative based in London, with offices in Thessaloniki, and Europe-wide membership. EReNSEP has two aims. First, to produce high-level, evidence-based work that would have an impact on the policy debate in Europe. Second, to organise events and political activities in line with the work produced. In brief, to combine grounded analysis with targeted political intervention challenging the European mainstream.

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